Camouflaged, 2020, from the series “Well Water”
Yael Azoulay (born 1984; lives Haifa, Israel) received a BEdFA from HaMidrasha Faculty of Arts, Beit Berl, Israel and an MFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York. Azoulay has participated in group exhibitions in Israel and the United States. Azoulay has had solo exhibitions at venues including The Ramat Gan Museum of Israeli Art, Ramat Gan; Photo IS:RAEL International Photography Festival and Passage Gallery, both Tel Aviv. Azoulay had an artist residency at the Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, and her work has been written about in Haaretz and Yedioth Ahronoth.
Statement from the Artist:
This work is part of a body of work called “Well Water” which represents futile attempts at belonging. Eucalyptus trees shot in Israel, are projected, printed, digitally manipulated, cut and covered, to make them appear as if they were a part of northern United States vegetation. The eucalyptus was brought to Israel in the beginning of the 20th century. This tree, the name of which means ‘to cover,’ is an inherent part of the landscapes of my childhood. Its gray-green colors are camouflaged within Israel’s olives trees, but exposed in the American northeastern emerald forests. The eucalyptus is a metaphor for my personal migration, not able to properly fit in, unsure where my home is.