The sixth exhibit of Israeli jewelry deals with the perception of “the other self,” or the alter ego. Fifty-three artists participating in the exhibit set out on an inner journey, the process resulting in diverse expressions: virtuosic jewelry-makers who are usually meticulous in their work chose to free themselves of the constraints and make room for expression; some used organic materials; some turned to figurative creation, thus giving the human form an expression of “the other self,” while other artists chose the abstract to convey biographical moments. Some preferred the multitude so as not to focus the idea of “the other self” on a single item, while others preferred simplification and catharsis. It appears that the majority of Israeli jewelry-makers do not wear the jewelry they create, and some wear no jewelry at all. For this exhibit they created jewelry for themselves.
Somewhat conflicting feelings about the trip. I’m beyond excited but cannot help to think how great it would have been to visit at least with my mother. Instead I’m going alone. To a place that was such an important place and time in my parent’s lives. So strange. Though most likely on some levels it will be cathartic so that will be good.