The Nature Of Things (2020)
Joint creation with the artist Emi Sfard (animations)
An aggressive and suffocating invasive plant spreads from the works into the gallery space, appearing from within the layers in images depicting trails of the wild, toxic, and contaminated nature. The plant "decorates" different parts of the works and the gallery while covering what occurs beneath it and creating a layered and embroiled inner diffusion, which is a start of a new reality emerging from a plague. The beauty of nature causes the observer to forget the wrongdoings hidden beneath it: the moral, social, and political deterioration, fears, and desires.
Mazliah creates a world using pencils, ink, graphite, and watercolors. His works are constructed of large-scale paper cutouts plastered on transparent PVC sheets. Positioning them at a distance from the wall creates a reflection and an illusion in the spirit of "Shadow puppetry." The images in Mazliah's works are borrowed from art history's familiar citations, press and cinema photos. Expropriating the images from their original context and creating the new connections enable Mazliah to
produce a disturbing view of the existential and universal reality at this point in time.
Alfred Gallery, Tel Aviv 2020
Photo: liat elbling
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