Deep Breath #29
Meirav Ong comes from a lineage of Jewish women who have been pacified and silenced for generations. Her practice sanctifies listening to heal the inherited traumas of this repression.
— MEIRAV ONG
“I’ve spent a lot of time playing with fire and water, mesmerized by the interactions of these opposing elements. Fire drawings are made through a process of burning gunpowder on paper and then painting with watercolors over the burnt marks. The spontaneity of the materials, acting according to their own will allows for an unpredictability with each painting.”
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- I started to paint my breath because I was forgetting to breathe. These paintings became a daily ritual in my studio practice. They are a container of all I breathe in and an unfolding of what I breathe out.
- Ong creates sanctuaries for listening with textiles, clay, fire, sound recordings, and body-based performances. Listening, a seemingly counterintuitive response to being silenced is a practice of empathy. It is an act of simultaneous giving and receiving. While most recently her practice has responded to matters within Modern Orthodox Judaism, her work can be read more broadly as an indictment of and resistance to systemic discrimination against non-male voices within patriarchal systems. By subverting the silence of oppression through curating experiences of intentional listening, Ong’s work transforms listening into an act of resistance.
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