My Scream Series.

The year2007has beenverydramaticfor me. On one hand, a newborn in the house, and on the other hand, a car accident that involved my newborn and me.

Following theaccident, Ifeltthe need to shout. I found refuge in my artwork. With a digital camera, I photographed myself and used the images to draw my face screaming. The initial images that emerged on the canvases reminded me of Edvard Munch's, "The Scream." It was the first time I had allowed myself to exhibit such emotion.

My "Scream" started to evolve. Image after image brought out different sides of meonto the canvas.Thelarge canvases, once completed,formed a series of seven mixed-media paintings (collage pieces on oil). I used my camera to capture different parts of the paintings and formed new collagesbased oneach of the large paintings.

In Gallery 2007, each index page will include small images of a big painting and the collagesbased onit (please click on the small images to view enlarged pictures).

This series is an important milestone in my art process. It allowed me to express something that wasdeep within me, waiting to emerge for a long time. The pain, the sorrow, as well as the maturity and acceptance of life from a growing place, makes up a large part of who I am today. This is conveyed in these new paintings and collages.My new seriesallowed me to bring to you, the viewer, a clearer reality as I see it. It also enabled me to let go of the trauma and the experience of the car accident, the impetus for this series.

Thank you for your time and support,
Yael Zahavy-Mittelman


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