Lezli Rubin-Kunda uses performance, installation, photography, drawing and video to explore her relationship with the world around her. Her own direct bodily interactions with thistles, dirt, cactus and other natural materials are carefully and sytematically documented to reveal a personal commitment to understanding her environment in a way that goes beyond language.
There is a visceral, tactile quality to the events depicted in these often private performances. A hand pricked with cactus thorns. Rubin-Kunda's waist partially buried in soil and flower petals. Site specific clothing woven for trees and other humorous haptic experiments with space reveal her personal connection to nature. This site-specific performance work often involves spontaneous improvisation with accumulated piles and bundles of material as well as extended interactions with buildings, trees and abandoned spaces.
As viewers, our own history with places and things becomes a powerful part of the experience as the artist interacts with and documents her world for us. Rubin-Kunda works on a symbolic level as well, through her choice of materials and by playing off the physical, social, cultural, political contexts of each site. Performances and actions are carried out on an international scale through projects in her native Israel, as well as throughout Europe and North America, yet Rubin-Kunda's message is direct and on a deliberately personal human scale.
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