"In my work I interpret life processes, fleeting thoughts, and vulnerabilities; I seek to mediate my weaknesses, difficulties, hesitations, struggles, and fears through photography, painting, video and readymade, wax and light boxes, resin, and tubs of color."
Ariela Wertheimer was born in Israel in 1957. Her source of inspiration is her life story and her historical and cultural environment: translating the neon lights of the big city into light boxes, graphically edited billboards transformed into photography and digital prints, and the underside of boats into huge abstract and colorful paintings that resemble aerial photographs or perhaps a skin disease. In her first works, Ariela focused on gender equality, social, and gender-based constraints. In recent years she started creating a series of light boxes on the story of The Other: female history, history of immigration, stories that focus on cultural conflicts, traumas, triumph, and empowerment. The works and stories are transformed and become cultural and political, like in the series Skin, now on display in Venice. It was inspired by the MeToo movement as well as the recovery process of fishing boats at a shipping yard in Jaffa – a Jewish-Arabic city in Israel. These two processes are intertwined - my 'skin' with the 'skin' of the boat - until it is no longer possible to tell them apart.
She lives and works in Israel and has been drawing and photographing for the past 30 years. Other than being part of numerous private art collection, Ariela participated to important exhibitions, such as two Venice Biennales, the Palazzo Mora in Venice, The London Group Open, among others.