Audrey Messas is a French-Israeli mixed media artist who lives and works in Tel Aviv.
As a mixed media visual artist, I engage with existential personal and collective burning questions. ARE we present or are we numb? Are we fully alive? Or to be extinct? How is it to be in “a” body? Being an eye surgeon I express a mechanistic invasive perspective, but also as an intimate moment to moment subtle sensing of life (as a meditator), or a sense of space and fluidity (I paint while dancing).
My creative process anchors in awareness of me and the world. By tracking the emergence of inspiration I move and create. Improbable, unsettling, magnetic, my human sized 3D creatures, paintings, photographies or collages seek to provoke a direct experience of one’s presence. They redirect the one’s line of preconditioned thoughts into an immediate and intimate experience.
With lots of colors and textures I elicit a gentle internal embodied dialogue. It allows the observer a titrated experience of himself and the world with its traumas. My art wishes to transform this dialogue into an incantation for our future.
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Audrey Messas Artist Statement
As a mixed media visual artist, I engage with existential personal and collective questions. How is it to be in “a” body? Are we fully alive? Or to be extinct? How are we present or numb to ourselves and our world?
My creative process anchors in awareness, and I track the emergence of inspiration while dancing and painting. Being an active Eye Surgeon for 25 years, and a mindfulness teacher, my art reflects an intimate moment to moment subtle sensing of life, a sense of space and fluidity, but also a mechanistic perspective on life.
My human sized 3D creatures, paintings, photographs are magnetic, colorful and textured. Sometimes unsettling, the work seek to replace the preconditioned stream of thought of the observer with the immediate experience of himself, the world and its traumas. The gentle embodied dialogue between the artist, the art and the observer is meant to become an incantation for our future.
My latest work
Beyond gender and species
2m x 1m acrylic on canvas, calligraphy, reversible sewing
"Don't look me in the eye"
Hope on Mount Kenya
130cm x 150cm acrylic on canvas
Art collaboration: Diana Schuemann & Audrey Messas
C.U.L.T.U.R.E C.L.A.S.H – DanceFilm
Concept & Direction: Diana Schuemann
Art Installation: Audrey Messas
Choreography & Dance: Diana Schuemann
Camera: Anton Tol
Editor: Lukas Bille
recorded at ada Studio Berlin – special thanks to Gabi Beier