Artist of the Week: Lilac Abramsky-Arazi, Inner Movement

“A friend told me that my paintings are like prints of the psyche,” said UGallery artist Lilac Abramski-Arazi in an interview with Open Studios. “Well, my psyche is stormy and restless.”

With her storms of colorful shapes and spontaneous marks, and interwoven layers, Lilac Abramski-Arazi creates not only paintings, but impact. There are subtle messages about the world’s passion, violence, and momentum embedded in her paint.

“Abstract art allows a way of going deep gently and in an indirect manner. It is a way of creating a gentle path for delivering my messages,” says the artist.

Lilac, who currently lives in Hod Ha’Sharon, Israel, has a diverse and intense background. In addition to creating art, she has a love of dancing and has a PhD in neuropsychology.

Though her three passions may seem unrelated, only a dancer, turned neuropsychologist, turned visual artist to create the complexity and grace that define her style.  

She describes the relationship between neuropsychology and her art saying, “the explorative aspect of neuropsychology naturally integrated with art. Art is a way of expressing myself but it is also a way of exploring myself and the world.”

Through years of studying she has developed an understanding of the way that people operate learning about the way that we think, perceive, learn, and feel.

Dance has a similar grip on her art. She says, “my art is created from an inner movement and is intricately connected to movement. In fact, I don’t think that visual art and dancing are essentially different. Both seek the inner movement.”

She enjoys challenging viewers through abstract art saying, “for me, abstract art doesn’t allow the observer to rest within a structured form; to feel the art and understand the work we need to turn inwardly to our own body and emotion, which is not always easy to do.”

Though her work is mostly abstract, Lilac occasionally introduces her own recognizable subject – such as an American flag and a swarm butterfly (interestingly enough, both subjects are associated with movement through air) – cast in her own style of dynamism.