Ruthi Helbitz Cohen

Ruthi Helbitz Cohen

Tel aviv

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RHC ( Tel Aviv) is a painter, sculptor, installation artist and professor. About her work Dutch curator and art historian Beatrice von Bormann wrote for her project ‘Beloved’ chapter The Female Body Reconstructed: ‘ The female body is key to the work of Ruthi Helbitz Cohen. It “performs” on the canvas in different shapes and guises: dressed or undressed, in the role of a clown, witch, child, or femme fatale; as a mythological goddess or historical figure; hanging from the ceiling, floa<ng, lying down; fragmented in space, alone or in the company of other complementary figures. The ar<st takes the body apart and reassembles it, like a mechanic might do with a car or an engine, or a scien<st when dissec<ng and studying the body of an animal ‘. Ruthi Helbitz Cohen invites the spectator to enter the shadow of the soul. Her archaic figures remind the observer of a sunken culture to put an end to the pillage of the world. Her works are realized through sheets of tracing paper, fabric softener, paint, ink and other substances, creating a "mixed media”. They touch on youth and innocence and its loss as well as on sexuality and motherhood, and the anxiety it causes. In addition to the numerous museum exhibits in Israel, she was invited to show her work in Germany, Netherlands, France, Denmark, Greece, China, and the USA. Alongside the artistic work in her studio, Ruthi teaches art in both the Beit Berl Arts College and the Oranim College, Program of Multidisciplinary Studies in Humanities and the Arts (M.Ed.).

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