Rachel's Tomb Rug, 2006, linoleum print, Japanese ink, acrylic and embroidery thread on paper, 80 x 80 cm, courtesy of the artist and Nelly Aman Gallery, Tel Aviv
Eliahou Eric Bokobza
Eliahou Eric Bokobza's "carpet" works were first shown at the Artists House in Jerusalem as part of his exhibition "Bezalel - Version B," which was concerned with six artists of Sephardic origins who had studied and worked at the Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts up until the 1930s. These two works constitute homage to the classical "Bezalel works," which included historical images of the land of Israel. Both works feature the "exotic" image of Rachel's Tomb against the background of geometric and decorative patterns; it is treated as a schematic logo of a Middle Eastern structure representing tradition, history and sacredness. As a contemporary artist of North African origin, Bokobza situates himself as an heir to the Romantic Bezalel tradition (the melting pot of Israeli art) - and his critical perspective is not devoid of nostalgia.
Born in Paris, 1963; lives and works in Tel Aviv