In my work, I try to create a sense of disappearance: the character’s physical attribute slowly dissolves as a void is formed. As opposed to the massiveness of the surrounding, the individual emerges in its singularity, with the potential to spread into a larger metaphysical unity.
By using a concoction of images derived from my own personal experiences or from my experience as part of a group, of a nationality, I negate the meanings of these indicators in ones pursuit of tranquility, of a more cohesive, independent sense of self.
For several years I have been painting what is in front of me: my immediate surrounding, the country, the kibbutz, my family, all the while maintaining a certain ambivalent feeling of not truly belonging to anything.
In my somewhat grandiose search for happiness, lays the yearning for Buddhist modesty. I strive to find a relief from suffering, to find an anchor beyond the material world. By realizing a defined form I feel myself released from one identity to another, external, object, and from there into nothingness, into a void, into everything.
Amit Cabessa (b. 1977, Israel) lives and works in Kibbutz Magal. In 2004 he completed his Visual Communication studies in Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem, and in 2007 he received the Cité Internationale des Arts scholarship. Recent solo exhibitions include: Kav 16 Community Gallery (2016); Hezi Cohen Gallery (2015, 2013); and more. His works were exhibited in Israel and abroad, in the Tel Aviv Museum of Art (2014); the Ashdod Art Museum (2014); the Nahum Gutman Museum of Art, Tel Aviv (2014); and Scala Mata, Venice (2009), among other places. A comprehensive solo exhibition of the artist will open in the Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art in 2017.