Nava Waxman

Sulfeggio (1/3), Photography, 23" x 17"

“I am interested, not in the conclusion, but in a half told story.”

In her latest body of work, the product of three years of philosophical inquiry, acclaimed Toronto artist Nava Waxman leaps into the void which separates the permanent and the ephemeral – questioning what art is and what it can be, with poignantly beautiful results.

In this body of work, I attempt to question the relationship between painting and performance.
Through my performances, my ideas are transformed into a ritualistic theatre. My work is an intersection of the symbolic realm of time and space, identity and self-perception, both personal and collective.
The wall of my Toronto studio is repeatedly painted white over and over again after each performance. Often, I will paint half of the surface and in other areas leave traces of lines and faded forms that will merge into something new. The meaning and the attachment of the studio wall to me is like an embodied sketchbook. This method of practice transforms the wall into a “Live Ephemeral Palimpsest” that constantly changes and evolves.
These performed photographs are a documentation of my studio performances, staged solely to be photographed or filmed with no audience.

Born in Beer Sheva, Israel, Nava Waxman moved to Canada in 2003. She is a self-taught artist and holds a Bachelor's degree in Social Science and Communications. 
In 2005, Nava began to show her work publicly at exhibitions and galleries throughout North America and Europe. Her work is held in numerous public and private collections.