Shira Zelwer: Gathering of Birds
Recipient of the 2021 Haim Shiff Prize for Figurative-Realist Art
Four hundred birds made of wax stand still on the gallery floor, each sculpted and handpainted with meticulous attention to each feather. Shira Zelwer presents a selection of 86 bird species observed in Israel, based on the book Birds of Our Land Atlas. Wax is a stable material that is also soft and pliable, and always in danger of melting, qualities that may be seen as analogous to human vulnerability. The artist uses it to create a parable about place, identity, and belonging.
The Exhibition and the Catalogue were made possible thanks to the generous support of Mr. Dubi Shiff