Michal Lazarovitz lives and works in Tel Aviv. She is a multidisciplinary artist and engages in painting, drawing, sound, video works and large scale installation. She studied art at the Midrasha School of Art, the Beit Berl Academic College, as well as painting at the studio master class of the artist Maya Cohen Levy in Tel Aviv.
Currently studying for a master's degree in the Multidisciplinary Program of the Faculty of the Arts at Tel Aviv University.
She completed the Post-Graduate Fine Art Program Studies of the Beit Berl Faculty of Arts, HaMidrasha (2017-2019).
She also obtained a BA in Nursing from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and an MA in Health Systems Management, Tel Aviv University.
Currently, Michal is focused on the combination of painting, drawing, video and instillation, all of which she creates in her studio. Recently, the artistic practice she has adopted is to take tragic subjects and turn them into spectacular images.
The main theme of my work is scenes of nature viewed from afar,foreign, unfamiliar and unidentified as a specific location. The foreignness and distance are the feelings that I wish toarouse in these scenes: to enter into the world of the senses through multiple layers of materiality, screens, and sound. I do not paint the scenes by observing nature or photographs; rather, these are imagined and magical landscapes of memories, mainly from the books I read as a child. The feeling inspired by these landscapes is created through flashes of memory and experiences of a possible alternate reality that occur in daily life.
Sometimes I paint the landscapes from the front, as if they are ahead of me and sometimes from above, as if I’m flying. In the panoramas that I make up and paint, special natural phenomena appear that have a common denominator, such as tragic natural phenomena that I turn into spectacular phenomena.The works also have thick vegetation, animals, human figures, and more.
The final positioning in the gallery space connects the various components: drawings, paintings, digital drawings, sound, and video. The video is ready-made, downloaded from the Internet and manipulated in various ways, and although it does tell a story, it also serves as a drawing (among other things it has lines and circular movements). There is a dialog between two consciousnesses: the video and the various drawings, a dialog that shifts like a pendulum. The various drawings have an abstract dimension and sometimes a figurative one. I project the video on various transparent, large surfaces made from mylar, which is a semi-transparent material, or other surfaces that, among other things, disperse the projected video throughout the space. Transparency and permeability to light are very important characteristics for me in representing the materiality in my works, whether in paintings or in the effect of screening on this surface.
I sometimes draw on the mylar surfaces and also paint images in various materials such as enamel, acrylic, ink, watercolors, and colored pencils.
The videos are taken from the Internet and I insert digital drawings into them. The digital drawing is projected, animating the initial drawing on the mylar surface together with the projected video. The installation is set up in consideration of the lighting in the video and its effect on the operation of the drawing.
Lately I have been employing a practice of layering drawings one over the other, a multiplicity of screens. In the studio, the drawings, manual and digital, and the various videos are in a constant process of becoming. I construct a world of lines and then aim to dismantle and fragment them. The positioning of the various physical and electronic screens in space balances the original planning with happenstance, joining them and creating layers.
As a child, I discovered in a public library the book “Noriko-San, Girl of Japan”, which was accompanied by authentic photographs of Noriko and her daily life. The book went with me for years. As far as I was concerned, it was an unattainable world, as far away from Israel as possible: the clothing, eating with chopsticks, the wooden tub. Along with its foreignness and exotic nature, I felt that the story was very universal, that it speaks to myself, too. To this day I am attracted to old Japanese movies. One of the movies that influenced me was “Woman in the Dunes”, directed by Hiroshi Teshigahara. The drawings are influenced one way or another by the Japanese aesthetic.
2018- present: Studying for an MA degree in the Multidisciplinary Art Program of the Faculty of the Arts at Tel Aviv University.
2017-2019: Completed the Post-Graduate Fine Arts Program at HaMidrasha, the Faculty of the Arts of Beit Berl
2015-2017: Studio master class of the artist Maya Cohen Levy
2014-2015: Drawing and painting at the Avni Institute of Art and Design, and participation in the sculpting workshops of the artist Sasha Serber at Beit Yanai
2003-2004: Art studies at HaMidrasha, the Faculty of the Arts of Beit Berl
2001-2002: Drawing, painting, and sculpting studies at the Avni Institute of Art and Design
Select Group Exhibitions
2019 – " What the matter want", “Missup”, Givon Art Forum, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Nicola Trezzi
2019 – "4 TH OF JULY", Hamidrasha School of Art, Post Graduate Program Final Show, Hamidrasha Gallery, Hayarkon 19, Tel Aviv, Nicola Trezzi
2018 - “Life Owners”, Hamidrasha Faculty of Arts, Beit Berl
2017 – “From the Print Media,”“HadarAvoda,” Tel-Aviv
2016 – “Border”,Tmu-na Theater, Tel-Aviv
2001 – “Folk Art in the Community”, Horace Richter Gallery in Jaffa, Doron Pollak
2005 - "The Muses' Visit", curator BenoKalev, "Abstract - Teva".