Meet Our Artists-in-Residence!
Diana Leonie Simon: August-November 2017
My artwork is mainly inspired by texts from Tanach, by the infinite beauty and wisdom, tangible and intangible, of the Hebrew letters and Jewish texts. It is an endless pursuit – both in terms of the many facets of interpretation, and the possibility of expression.
In order to create the effect of layers of light and color, I use thinned oil color, as well as dyed paper. Through the texture and transparency of the paper and its layering, I find I can build color in such a way that it allows me to express how the text affects me. Through color, I’m seeking to compose a kind of visual song.
The text – be it a single letter, or a long chapter – is always the essential core of the picture, and it teaches me something new, inspires me, and hopefully guides me how to express it visually alongside my own feelings, and ultimately – hopefully – connect some of its meaning to the viewer.
Essentially, I am seeking to serve the text in a never-ending pursuit of discovery, which I’m always only at the beginning of.
About Diana Leonie Simon
Born and raised mainly in London, Diana made aliyah in 1982 to a kibbutz, and from there moved with her family to Northern California, where she mainly worked in Jewish education and as a writer.
She resumed her artwork, after a 20-year break, when she returned to being religiously observant - and returned to living in Israel in 2008.She currently lives and works in the Shaarei Chesed neighborhood of Jerusalem. Her work can be found online at www.jewishartonline.com and she can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org.