Audrey Messas Artistic Bio

Audrey Messas is a French-Israeli mixed media artist who lives and works in Tel Aviv.

Audrey works at an intersection of painting, dance, photography and awareness practices.  Being a practicing surgeon, Audrey’s art offers a unique perspective to the body, envisioning the world as a whole living organism, with its emotions and scars.

Her mostly life size creations include acrylic paintings, collages, calligraphy, fabrics, videos and short texts.  Audrey’s work is anchored in awareness and seeks to reveal human nature from a personal and global perspective.

From childhood onwards Audrey was drawn to dancing and writing to bridge the cultural gap between her colourful Morrocan Jewish home and the demanding provincial milieux in Strasbourg.

Moving to Paris for her medical studies ignited Audrey’s fascination for the visual arts, absorbing the city’s grandeur whilst balancing the lividity and vulnerability of hospital wards with travels.  Fascinated by textures and colours Audrey strolled the street markets of Senegal or Guatemala, or looking for the serenity and stillness of frescoes in the smallest Italian churches.  Vision became the central theme of her life when Audrey chose to become an eye surgeon, devoted to restoring, curing and preventing blindness.

Searching for more freedom from  the social codes of French bourgeoisie, Audrey embraced her Jewish identity, moving to Israel to further her surgical career.   In Tel Aviv she rediscovers herself, engaging in a healing and spiritual life exploration.

Studying Buddhism in Tel Aviv, Audrey began sketching and photography as a meditative practice.  Continuing an in depth exploration of consciousness in Israel, Germany and the USA, Audrey studied abstract painting at the artist’s house in Tel Aviv, and Japanese calligraphy in the Mountain and River Zen monastery in the Catskills (NY).

Regularly extending her practice Audrey is involved in humanitarian missions in remote parts of the world.

Her art seeks to express and convey her view on what it is to be part of the lifeworld of surgeon, mediator, traveller and artist.

Evolving work involves the creation of 3D characters addressing more urgent collective issues such as climate change, culture wars and polarization.

In 2014 Audrey’s work was exhibited for the first time in Jerusalem (Binyan Haouma, April 2014).  The exhibition displayed her paintings:  “The old man and the fish” and “Volcano’s textures.

In 2015 a selection of her photographic works were exhibited at the Eye MC medical centre:  “Takahara Clouds”, “Breath at the temple’s corner”.

At the Eyeness Medical Centre in Herzliya in 2019 the following works were displayed:  “Don’t meet my eyes”, “Full Stop at Ginza” and more.

In September 2020 Audrey had her first solo exhibition titled “Permanent Change” in Tel Aviv at The Tower Gallery, where 35 art works were presented.

Recently, Audrey has been selected to be on the Steering Committee of the international ‘CHAOS’ art project.  This interdisciplinary art project is centred on the topics of art, trauma and resilience.  Audrey’s role in this initiative is as a key expert sharing her artworks and understandings on trauma, resilience and awareness.

More art can be viewed at www. Medizen-online.com