The Diary / Anat Maoz
The current body of work by the artist Anat Maoz, The Diary, uses drawing to engage with intimate contents like family, living space, and little social situations such as a family holiday. In the wake of a family trip around Australia a few years ago, Maoz started collecting the airsickness bags distributed in airplanes, and since then she has produced an extensive series of paintings. Working with ready-made materials, both at the conceptual level and in terms of the platform chosen, allows an intimate glimpse of the artists’ daily life and world. The paintings were made quickly, seeking to capture mundane situations presented by objects - the paper bags - which symbolize the potential for disaster, failure, rejection. and anxiety.
Over the past few years, the paper bags have been presented at many exhibitions, and the series is growing into a major aspect of Maoz’s oeuvre. Currently the series is being shown at the exhibition Work on Paper at The Brick Lane Gallery in London (Shoreditch) and as part of the daily image of Erev Rav, the online art magazine (http://erev-rav.com/english).