An Abstract Self Portrait

Yael Zahavy-Mittlelman
April 5 – 28, 2018

Exhibition Statement:  Every image we form, every story we tell is a part of our self portrait. We are built like a jigsaw puzzle of stories, ideas and thoughts. We show ourselves fully at any given moment. We think we can hide our flaws, tell beautiful stories about ourselves to hide the truth. In truth, we can never hide our essence, our energy, our true flow. Growing up and maturing, is a process of self exploration. It brings big questions: Who am I? What is my role in the world around me? What is my gift to share? We all ask these questions at one time or another. (More below)

ART REVIEW BY EMINENT LOCAL POET: Paul E Nelson

‘When artists are working with fearlessness, vulnerability and with a deep sense of personal mythology, art starts getting interesting. Talent is just one factor and many talented artists fail for lack of imagination, or inability to reach deep. The current exhibit featuring the work of Saundra Fleming and Yael Zahavy-Mittleman at Gallery 110 is well worth a visit for the bold colors, pathos and just plain wackiness in Fleming’s work, no doubt the best work to date of this amazing Seattle artist who was trained at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago and the dream-like evocative collages and modified photography of Israel naive Zahavy-Mittleman. Don’t be surprised if you see both of these artists in a larger gallery in the very near future.’

— Paul E Nelson
Seattle Poetics LAB

Yael’s artwork is a way of exploration and to search what is inside a wonderful existence given her. These discoveries show up in this journey of self search and are expressed in Yael’s artwork. Using the art materials, she keeps this process going, versus other processes, where  different phases of the process cannot be seen. In art, the work not only shows the phases, it also guides Yael to the next phase. 

In this show, Yael invites you to look at the art, and see if you can identify elements in the artwork which appeal to you. Come up with your own story to the images you see, or even be daring and see if it tells you something about your own process, your own life, about yourself.

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About Jillian Strobel

Gallery 110’s mission is to provide dynamic opportunities to established and emerging professional artists in an environment that encourages creative expression, experimentation and collaboration. As a nonprofit organization, the gallery fosters artistic and professional connections between its associated artists and the arts community at large through creative dialogue, the presentation of challenging and enriching curated exhibitions, public opportunities and collaborative projects.