About: Ruth Dorrit Yacoby
Ruth Dorrit Yacoby is an international artist, painter and poet, lives in the south of Israel near the Dead Sea at the edge of the Judean desert. She has held 67 solo exhibitions in major museums and galleries across five continents. Among them in New York, Toronto, Montreal, Berlin, Tokyo, Beijing, Seoul, Mexico City, Lima, Buenos Aires, Tel Aviv Museum and Jerusalem – The Israel Museum. Her works are held in private collections and in museums in Israel and abroad. She has won many Ministry of Culture prizes in Israel and in Canada. In the year 2000 she presented a solo exhibition in the Vatican titled "Gate of Tears, Rain of Roses", held under the aegis of Pope John Paul II and accompanied by an audience with him. Since 2008 a permanent exhibition has been open to the public at "The center for art & creation "The Woman of the Thousand Voices", Ruth Dorrit Yacoby" in Arad, accompanied by the film and the book. My work is an ongoing quest, a long corridor, a journey from the Gate of Tears to the Rain of Roses. A journey of death, fragmentation, salt, and bleeding, to a territory of healing, stitching, comfort, and vocation.Her creation is a transition from the stain of blood to the stain of light, from the muffled pain of generations, from the place of profound death, to rebirth. After a thousand lengthy deaths and slow bleeding at nights, wrapped in an illuminating cloak of light, she can now soar. It is sounding board of the pages within a bleeding suitcase of history, pages that articulate the silent voices of the lost children. I constructed a space of salt called "Blankets of salt", permeated with sorrow and pain where residing the choir of lamenting mothers crying and longing for their missing children. A total place, intense, defined, composed of many elements, Paintings and written and heard poems. The paintings themselves were executed over a long period of time, outdoors, and were left there, exposed to the elements of the desert, the salt from the Dead Sea, the blurring sun, the wind the and sandstorms. The salt is raw, unprocessed salt; it is an ancient, primordial element embedding an essential aspect of preservation. It absorbs the disease and the sorrow, remove the curse and enables life. Like mothers tear, it contains the sorrow as well as the capacity to cure it. Walking inside this complex is like transpiring within the echo of pain, within the echo of solace. The works were created in the desert, exposed to the physical and emotional substances of the place. Dust, clay, prayer beads, sorrow, memory, cycles of life, beginning and end, archaeology of the soul, hope, and life. The works transpire across time, transcending and containing it. Looking into the clear mirror of eternity where the times of recollection and reawakening from oblivion fuse together, becoming part of the memory, lighting the candle in the eternal fields of light, kindling memory, granting the soul eternal life; binding thread of life, a time in which all paths are open and healing is possible. The Center for Art and Creation in Arad is a territory that transcends the limits of a specific time and place, existing as a planet onto itself. This crowded, total installation appears as a mysterious cave – an archive of the history of the world. This is the site where the entire film unfolds. The story of this center is the story of the primeval journey undertaken by the Shekhina, the Great Mother, the Matriarch Rachel – a journey of wandering and exile, which ends with redemption, healing, and a promise of solace. Every mother is a messenger, the mother of all mothers, a queen mother. You will go from land to land / Be the bleeding heart of the world/ Its screaming mouth / Be the living heart of the world / Its poetry. From the letter his holiness Pope John Paul the second Recommendation from Carmen Gimenez former Dir. of Museo Picasso Malaga "I regard her as one of the most remarkable, outstanding artists in both Israel and the international art world. …Dorrit Yacobi's work is unique and highly profound, possessing the rare qualities of Great Art." Recommendation from Dr. Gabriele Uelsberg former Leader of the Museums of Muelheim an der Ruhr Germany "…the artist Ruth Dorrit Yacoby creates a Vision of the world which is an artistic language of a general human idea. Her paintings seems to be a symbol of the real world in a matter of a transcendental experience'.