Wild Heart. 2017

“… And in her big dark dark eyes there was a passive sweetness of a deep, irrepressible savagery, similar to foreknowledge. In fact, foreknowledge is not the right word, since it is not about knowledge. It will be more accurate to say that what was strange in these eyes was reminiscent of the mysterious stupidity of animals, who “know” not through knowledge but through a certain sense of their vulnerable body, the past and the future of every destiny. This sense of theirs that merges with their other physical senses – I would call the sense of holiness …”
(Elsa Morante, “History: A Novel”)

In her show ‘Wild Heart’, Ruti de Vries displays a site-specific installation which spreads throughout the gallery, is made of low-cost and raw materials and is characterized by an excessiveness of images. Many of the works take the figures of animals, and are the outcome of an extensive research of the image of the animal in culture and :
its historic power relations with the human being. The animal may be seen as subordinated to and as property of the human, but in many mythologies it is also described as its host which guides him through the world.
Alongside the monumental sculptures, the exhibition also includes various hand-made decorative molds which were produced in a toiling crafted process and are hung as floor carpets or wallpapers in the gallery. They create a kind of a-hierarchical an a-dependent mixture of languages and signs from biblical and mythological origins and folklore. The decorativeness, repetition and symmetry function here not just an aesthetic component, but also a means to touch upon gender and culture questions. Basic forms, patterns and materials are always already a symbolic mean to present the order of the world.


Lady and Monkey, B & W quilt. 2017

B&W quilt 2017
Sewing. Cotton, wool, akrilan, sponge.

Lady and Monkey
easel, newspapers, squares papers, lamp shade, raffia
200X40X10 cm

from Wild Heart ,Hakkibutz gallery


Micha. 2017

Cushion seat, chair, flax, paint, raffia

from Wild Heart ,Hakkibutz gallery

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Ruti de Vries


Ruti de Vries (b. 1989, Tel Aviv) lives and works in Tel Aviv and Paris. She holds a B.ED in Education and Fine Arts from Hamidrasha, Beit Berl College, Israel; a MFA from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Israel and participated in exchange programme, Atelier Pascal-Marthine Tayou - Beaux-Arts Paris, France. She has participated in solo and group shows at Schimmel Art Center, Dresden, Germany; Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Herzliya, Israel; MoBY: Museums of Bat Yam, Bat Yam, Israel; Janco Dada Museum, Ein Hod, Israel; Petach Tikva Museum, Petach Tikva, Israel; Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Beaux Arts, Paris, France; TLV LDN festival, London, UK and The 6th National Drawing Biennale, Jerusalem, Israel, among others. She is a 2016 recipient of the Israeli Ministry of Culture Young A

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