TEACHER, CERTOSA STUDIO PROGRAM: JULY 24 – AUGUST 14, 2011
Sigal Tsabari, instructor of Sunday and Tuesday adult drawing courses and the Sunday youth painting class, was born in Haifa in 1966. She first trained under Israel Hershberg at the Avni Institute from 1986 to 1988, and since 2006 she has been teaching in the Continuing Studies program at the Jerusalem Studio School. Sigal has been exhibiting her works since 1995 in both Israel and abroad, including the Israel Museum and the Artists House in Jerusalem, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art and various galleries. When not teaching her very popular courses at JSS, she works in her home studio in Rishon Le Zion.
“Sigal Tsabari, who studied with Israel Hershberg prior to the establishment of the Jerusalem Studio School, has developed over the years a unique pictorial language, both technically – in her color palette and in the use of various media on one painting – and in her subject matter. Tsabari engages in a sort of pursuit after nature: she follows almost scientifically the development of plants growing in buckets on her balcony, depicting the changing hues of an eggplant and the enlarged shape of the okra fruit, which she doesn’t pick until the fruit dries off and hangs from the branch like a dead appendage. Such arrangements are often juxtaposed with images taken from her personal and family life. The growth of a plant serves as a metaphor for the growth of a person, or the growth of a child in the uterus. Themes of sexuality and motherhood comprise an important aspect of her work, as expressed in images of fertility and growth in nature.”
–Amitai Mendelsohn. Taken from “Facing the Real: Selected Paintings by Graduates of the Jerusalem Studio School