ABOUT / ARTIST BIO
Lives and works in Brooklyn, New York
Master of Psychoanalysis - Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis
2004 - 2006
Bachelor of Fine Arts - School of Visual Arts, New York
2000 - 2003
2006 BIMA, Summer Program, Williams College
2020 Altered State, Pleiades Gallery, 530 W 25 St., New York
2019 Inside out, Group Show, 550 W 29 St., New York
2018 Nostrand/Brooklyn Gallery, Group Show, Brooklyn
2016 The Space In Between, The Edgar M. Bronfman Center Gallery, Group Show, New York
2015 Conversations, Irving Goldman Gallery, Group Show, Jersey City, NJ
2013 Marking time, Rotunda Gallery, Group Show, Jersey City, NJ
2012 Pale Green, Chacur Gallery, Group Show, New York City
2010 Reaction, DNA Gallery, Group Show, New York
2009 Illuminations, 1581 Gallery, Group Show, Boston, MA
My art reflects the mixed emotions that arise from being an immigrant. The ambiguity between my will to stay close to my origins, and at the same time embrace my new surroundings is prominent in my work. In my search for a "home", a place to belong to, I am walking through my inner worlds, unfolding layer after layer.
Ever since arriving from Israel to New York, I used my art as a mean to search and re-define my origins and essence in this world. It is a journey through the many things that I am: a woman, an Israeli, a Jew, a wife, a mother, a friend, an artist, and a professional. This process happens unconsciously and consciously with the act of painting and writing my feelings and memories.
While creating my art I always start from a place that I didn't know before. There is no plan behind the paintings. Every stage is a bridge to the next one, and I learn to relate to the results, feel them and leave them on the canvas.
The main painting action is to move from one layer to another and to develop a code of symbols, a language that I did not know before. My paintings are large. They sometimes seem to me like a full-size window with a view to the subconscious arena out of which I create. The acrylics and pencils that I use perfectly fit my impulsive, expressive, and sometimes explosive drives. Being fast to dry and receptive to multiple layers, the acrylics serve not only as paint but also as connective tissue to the previous layer of memory.
Yehudit Feinstein Mentesh grew up in Israel and lives in the New York area since 2000. She earned her BFA from the School of Visual Arts (2002) and her MA in Psychoanalysis from the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis in 2006. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and three sons.