Elinor Sahm Artist Statement
I am a multidisciplinary artist focused on site-specific installations. In my work, I seek to create for the viewers ambiguous and astonishing environments, inviting them to wonder about the nature of the works - and try to unravel the magic of their creation.
My works start from the thought of a dark space, which I bring to life through the use of lighting - a key element of my work. Through the relationship formed between darkness and light, an elusive game is created, a game of discovery and cover, concealment and exposure. The light is not only functional but receives volume in the installation space, and becomes a material in its own right: material that can be designed, placed and routed in space.
The preparations are always accompanied by a laborious and strenuous process that requires a great deal of physical and mental resources, which connects me to the atmosphere of feminine toil familiar to me as a descendant of a Sephardic family from Jerusalem: women who sit together rolling vine leaves, or any other substance who requires labouring and kneading, transforming the raw material to a sensory experience.
My family background presents another aspect as it also includes diverse German roots, riddled with well known cultural heroes and family anecdotes which are also common folk tales. The gap between these two cultural extremes fills my work with mixed substances: intellectual topics versus emotional issues, alienation, and detachment versus kinship and affinity, imagination and actuality. This interaction is a constant collision igniting sparks and flaring.
My works are always site-specific, audience-dependent and single-viewer-dependent. My installations are accompanied by performances and my presence in space and create an overall system that wraps and immerses viewers within the work, making them an integral part of it, making a one-off connection between me and them.