|She Who Rises Above (detail)
Source Israel visited Elinore Koenigsfeld at her studio in Kiryat
Koenigsfeld, a graduate of American
University, Washington, DC, works in watercolor, mixed media and three-dimensional
art. Koenigsfeld studied under the sculptor Rudi Lehman, one of the founders
of Ein Hod artists’ village as well as a teacher of both Israeli sculptor
Yigal Tumarkin, and Israeli artist Moshe Kadishman. Her career has included
making artistic re-creations, maps and models for museums. Examples of this
work can be seen at Megiddo Museum and at the Beit Yigal Alon Museum at Kibbutz
Her latest major work is an interpretation
of womanhood in a three-dimensional medium. Koenigsfeld explains the evolution
of Womages: Phases and Facets of the Feminine, her newest exhibit.
“Phases and Facets of the Feminine
took form from three converging paths:
Intense drawing of ethnic masks and
figures of awe in museums and books;
mythology and the female psyche and
of marble on my thinking walks to add to the collection of beads and crystals
at home waiting to find their place.”
|She Who Will Multiply (detail)
as if spilling over from unfelt sources, the Womages seemed to emerge of
themselves… Clay and rock, mirror and bone, silver and precious stone took
form as representatives of stages of life — the unborn, girlhood, youth,
mature womanhood, the crone — and of aspects of being that can come to
expression in us all: play, aspiration, giving, grabbing, anger, acceptance,
Her project-in-the-works is an interactive
environment which explores ways to end violence of all kinds. Started before
9/11, the installation is a team endeavor with two other women artists.
Elinore’s most recent major show was
“Past, Present, Future” at the National Jewish Museum in Washington, DC
in 1997; her upcoming exhibit will be in March 2002 at Beit Gavriel on the
Text compiled by J. Isaacson and D.
Rosenbloom. Photos by Elinore Koenigsfeld.