The Olive Tree Painting by Irit Epstein

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Painting: Oil, Pencil, Pastel on Wood.

From the series 'The Map and the Territory'.
"What today is the meaning of foreign, the meaning of homeland? When the homeland becomes foreign, the foreign becomes the homeland.” – Thomas Mann
Maps, borders, immigration, and refugees—topics pertinent to our world’s geopolitical climate—have been of interest to me, as a member of a family with a complex historical narrative, and having redefined ‘homeland’ periodically over the course of my life.
In this series of paintings, I explore the idea of ‘territory’ as represented by maps, alongside images of abandoned homes, to express my perception of a collective reality that influences us all, one of conflict and man-made destruction.
The paintings seek to portray the experience of migration, and parallel my own external and internal journeys. I employ recognizable, symbolic motifs, alongside fragmented narratives: ruined homes, embodying empty and lost spaces, that represent our need to belong somewhere, physically and emotionally; abstract landscapes, evoking a void, an absence of ‘place’ we strive to fill; and maps, topographic symbols of ‘place,’ which illustrate the experience of migration as echoed by Jacqueline Carey: “All exiles carry a map within them that points the way homeward”.



The Olive Tree

Irit Epstein



Size: 16 W x 16 H x 1.5 in

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