At Home

“At Home” is part of my Internal Topographies series and is reminiscent of the homes where I lived in Argentina. The home that I was born in and my grandmother’s home are warm and welcoming places that I remember in moments of uncertainty and despair.

Silvina Mizrahi

“At Home” is a true revelation. It can be interpreted as a landscape mirror, a relaxing environment, and a unique experience. This artwork is characteristic of bright and vivid blue and green colors. The artist shares a distinctive visual language that draws from her sense of freedom. When she is at home is when she feels most relaxed and in touch with herself. She feels secure in a body of water that suspends her body. She’s inviting us to visit her. Could we visit? This might be creating a paradox- because we are currently living in difficult times. Due to the pandemic, our homes have become our everyday living space. For fortunate ones, “Home”  is relaxing, “Home”  feels like a soothing body of water. However,  many humans are social beings. It is in our nature to communicate and have company. As Silvina states: “When the pandemic hit, the museum closed, and we were laid off. I realized that being by myself in my studio was not enough. I needed to connect with others, so I looked for opportunities online. I connected with the Jewish Arts” by celebrating the theme “light and hope.” This was an online opportunity to connect people due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Silvina represents our community as a whole, especially our artists, teachers, and Latins.

Hear from the artist herself:

“En casa” es una verdadera revelación. Se puede interpretar como un espejo del paisaje, un ambiente relajante y una experiencia única. Esta obra de arte es característica de colores azules y verdes brillantes y vivos. La artista comparte un lenguaje visual distintivo que se basa en su sentido de libertad. Cuando está en casa es cuando se siente más relajada y en contacto consigo misma. Se siente segura en un cuerpo de agua que suspende su cuerpo. Nos invita a visitarla. ¿Podríamos visitar? Esto podría estar creando una paradoja, porque actualmente estamos viviendo tiempos difíciles. Debido a la pandemia, nuestros hogares se han convertido en nuestro espacio de vida cotidiano. Para los afortunados, “casa” es relajante, “casa” se siente como un cuerpo de agua relajante. Sin embargo, muchos humanos son seres sociales. Está en nuestra naturaleza comunicarnos y tener compañía. Como dice Silvina: “Cuando llegó la pandemia, el museo cerró y nos despidieron. Me di cuenta de que estar solo en mi estudio no era suficiente. Necesitaba conectarme con otros, así que busqué oportunidades en línea. Me conecté con las Artes Judías” celebrando el tema “luz y esperanza”. Esta fue una oportunidad en línea para conectar a las personas debido a la pandemia de COVID-19. Silvina representa a nuestra comunidad en su conjunto, especialmente a nuestros artistas, maestros y latinos.

Escuchar de la propia artista:

Silvina Mizrahi, At Home, 2019. Mixed media on canvas, 36"x48" ©Silvina Mizrahi. All rights reserved.

This exhibit is an opportunity to acknowledge the effects of quarantine from COVID-19 in Hispanic populations. The pandemic has brought social and racial inequity concerning public health. It has highlighted that health equity is still not achieved. COVID-19 has unequally affected many Hispanics, putting them more at risk of getting sick and dying from COVID-19. Many factors, such as poverty and healthcare access, have a significant influence on people’s health and quality of life. It is incredibly important to create awareness to help develop this in the future.

Esta exhibición es una oportunidad para reconocer los efectos de la cuarentena por el COVID-19 en las poblaciones hispanas. La pandemia ha traído inequidad social y racial en materia de salud pública. Ha resaltado que aún no se logra la equidad en salud. COVID-19 ha afectado de manera desigual a muchos hispanos, poniéndolos en mayor riesgo de enfermarse y morir a causa de COVID-19. Muchos factores, como la pobreza y el acceso a la atención médica, tienen una influencia significativa en la salud y la calidad de vida de las personas. Es increíblemente importante crear conciencia para ayudar a desarrollar esto en el futuro.

Silvina Mizrahi

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