Michelle Harari: Landscape Painter
Dr. Zvika Israel
The landscape around us, be it a banal space or a nature reserve, has a not insignificant influence on our feelings and life, to the extent many artists find that their creative work is largely affected by it. These artists conduct their artistic exploration and process over many years, searching for the secrets and magic embodied in the environment. They attempt to create an expression of their internal longings, inspired by their surroundings. These creative artists adopt various techniques to interpret their impressions from the environment.
There are some who express what they feel with an abstract approach as a symbolic conceptual expression. Others try in their paintings, to create a better reality and even a sort of idealistic experience and there are those who recreate a faithful representation of the original in a realistic artistic technique, such is Michelle Harari.
Michelle Harari is a harmonious creative artist who employs an interaction in her art between three basic elements: shape, color and texture, aspiring to create a faithful depiction of reality through the artistic dialog that she conducts with the natural surroundings of the Land of Israel. The pinnacle of her work can be seen in the paintings of Neve Midbar, in the Ben Gurion Nature Reserve in the Negev desert. These paintings represent a yearning for a disappearing world and an aspiration for ecological preservation, maintaining the pieces of reality in which we dwell that define the nature around us.