Airplanes & Sheep
11/8 /2002 Museum De Beyerd, Breda, Holland
22 4811GH Breda, Tel.: +31 (0)76 529 99 00
Wertman's Photoworks and installations
oeuvre covers twenty years. The newest developments - Wertman
is the inventor of the 'puzzle collage' - are now shown in the
exhibition Photography, Airplanes & Sheep in museum De Beyerd,
in Breda, The Netherlands. De Beyerd presents Orna Wertman's photoworks
that are based on a collage of photos and jigsaw puzzles of different
measurements in combination with installations. The artist's background
as a painter can be seen in her work that positions itself between
photography and painting. The way she looks at things and what
she wants to express in her work is of greater importance to her
than using the medium in a traditional manner.
airplanes and sheep
motif in the photoworks of Orna Wertman is the landscape: natural
landscapes as well as cultural landscapes. It is a romantic and
popular theme, full of symbolism and contrasts. Landscapes, airplanes
and sheep figure in her collages as staged elements, and are also
present in small installations of plastic groves, small wooden
houses, toy-sheep and - airplanes. This leads to a redoubling
of an imagined reality, i.e. as a photographic reproduction and
as a miniature object. Wertman uses this juxtaposition in order
to call attention to the relationship between image and representation.
She wants to show that the romantic image of 'innocent' little
lambs in a landscape is at odds with the inhuman treatment of
animals in the bio-industry. Just like the sheep airplanes play
a double role. Next to the romantic association with big birds
and freedom, there is always the threat of a possible crash...
The artist combines different visual clich?s to form something
new and asks us to reflect on the harmony and the conflicts called
forth by that confrontation.
and an Aesthete
calls herself a romantic and an aesthete. A romantic because of
her love of nature and an aesthete because of the importance she
attaches to harmonious compositions and formal aspects like colour,
texture and transparency. Her recent collages are large and technically
perfect, because the original models are digitally photographed
and enlarged in a photolab. This causes the punched out puzzle
pieces to play an important visual role and increases the feeling
of alienation in her work. Orna Wertman's work - collages of jigsaw
puzzles, photos of her own, and ready-mades - deals with the fragmentation
of our perception and the concomitant experience of reality. As
such she comments on globalisation from a personal perspective.
was born in Ramat-Gan, Israel and studied at the University of
Haifa. She came to The Netherlands in 1983 and since then lives
and works in Amsterdam.