Solo exhibition of the Israeli artist Shenhav Offer Russo
in Rome at myday-byday space -- Via Luca della Robbia 76, Testaccio
Opening tuesday 25 october with the presence of the artist in the space (17.30-19,30)
The exhibition will be open from 11 to 13 - from 16 to 19.30 until 27 october.
My inspiration comes from the world. I was born in Africa, In Cote d’Ivoire, or Ivory Coast. It is where I got my name )Shenhav is the Hebrew word for ivory) and also where I was first inspired by life and its natural beauty and abundance. Growing up, my family moved around a lot, with my father’s job taking us to some of the most exotic and contrasted corners of the globe. My childhood was extended across several continents, and I received my education in Africa, Germany, Israel and Iran. What may have been considered an unnatural upbringing has always seemed ever so natural to me. Besides for an increased curiosity and sense of exploration that is forever ingrained within my core, I have been blessed with a worldly perspective and an ability to communicate with so many different people in each of their native tongues. My design style comes from within. I am intrigued by the material and work with it to find a shape and form that will best express its essence. I love to work with contrasts and create inner drama and emotion in every unique piece. Designing with a fine material such as gold brings out my sense of perfectionism and grace, while each raw stone adds a natural value that balances out the golden tone. I work with the material and let it lead me to where I am going. Sometimes this journey is longer than others, but I am always confident that in the end I will reach the right destination. For me, the craft of making jewelry is about combining a living person with a still material and letting the magic happen where they meet. I believe that when the two are joined something new and festive occurs. The piece takes on the shape and scent of the woman and ultimately, becomes a part of who she is.