Tel Aviv

Yifat Bezalel

Inga Gallery

“Ulysses-Alices,” the double title of Yifat Bezalel’s recent exhibition, was a summons to numerous travels, calling on the epic and fantastic voyages of Odysseus, Leopold Bloom, and Alice in Wonderland. But unlike her sources, penned by male authors, Bezalel’s work is given over entirely to the itinerant female psyche.

The exhibition’s strongest works were the two large drawings from Bezalel’s ongoing “Alices” series, begun in 2002, which show the heroine’s plunge down the rabbit hole. While You are my sister III and Ulysses (each 2008) both visualize this passing between realms as the paramount event, neither depicts it mimetically. Rather, by manipulating the tensions between the paper’s white expanse and her delicate renderings of the character in blue pencil, Bezalel shows Alice uncannily suspended in space, refracted into multiple though identical personae yet without any clear ground

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