Roni Landa, an Israeli artist based in Tel Aviv, creates polymer clay sculptures that combine the natural shapes of fruits and flora and the texture of butchered meat. “Very Still Life” comments on life and death–a delicate, yet sometimes unsettling display that challenges the world’s current order. Landa takes inspiration from classical sculpture, product and commercial design, and even the culinary world, evidenced by her current body of work.
“In her work she attends to the dark and complex sides of our being,” a statement says. “She wishes to recreate the moment of acknowledging and meeting death face to face, an issue which occupies her from childhood. Her works can be viewed as if somewhere between a polished aesthetics and a Sisyphean toil. This tension aims to create a dialog with the observer – on one hand, at first glance, a small, known, and easy on the eyes work while on the other hand, a very complex, sensual, rough, dark and disturbing image. This experience is accented by the mostly monotonic color scheme – choosing soft colors creates a naïve, soft, pop like look and texture, that is contradictory to the harsh experiences at its base.”