The Role of Artistic Creativity in the Lives of Israeli Emigres in Los AngelesMain MenuMalka Nediviby Mahsa Gerami and Rachel ElyaszadehAdi Shapiraby Tal Hauser and Victoria PelmanYoella Raziliby James GaoMeital Yaniv: Artistic Expression of Liminalityby Kori Decker and Timna NaimSam FirstenbergCreated by Will Taylor and Müge SolakDan Katzir and Ravit Markusby Ryan Davidson and Jacob LahanaNissim Natiby Joseph Trainer and Sagi YonatyVictoria Pelmanby Joseph Trainer and Sagi YonatyAbout this ExhibitCaroline Luce15876dd2f73462af784ac961ee54f3b5170890ce
Malka Nedivi in studio
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Malka Nedivi is an Israeli artist, sculptor, and film director who was born in Rehovot, Israel in 1952 and moved to Los Angeles in 1980. Working in Los Angeles since her immigration, Malka has an extensive collection of meaningful artwork. Malka’s life, along with her artwork, has been predominantly influenced by her Israeli culture as well as her parents’ life story as Holocaust survivors. After the war, her parents got married and moved to Israel from Poland. Malka’s mother, who battled with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, gradually became a hoarder, and as a young adult, Malka had a difficult time living with her. Thus, she decided to move to America to escape her mother.
However, once she moved to America, Malka, for the first time, experienced what it felt like to be an immigrant. Just like her mother, she felt as though she was different from everyone else around her. A few years later, Malka received a phone call from her mother in Israel and realized that her mother’s situation was deteriorating. Thus, she decided to return to Israel for five years to care for her mother. While in Israel, Malka recorded a documentary film called Tzipora's Nest about her mother's journey and life.
After her death, her mother became a powerful inspiration and influence behind Malka's artwork. Malka believes that her mother accompanies her during her work and that a piece of her mother is present in each piece of art. The influence of her mother in her art can be seen through the material and the colors that Malka uses. For example, she collects discarded materials and pieces of her mother’s collection of dispensed objects, such as old pieces of clothes, blankets, wood, and cardboards, and uses them in her artwork. Malka even uses bright colors, such as red, yellow, green, orange, and blue, in her artwork and sculptures, even though, as a child, she often disliked and was embarrassed by her mother’s taste in the same bright colors.
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1media/cardboard background.jpg2017-05-10T14:46:39-07:00Malka Nedivi: Conclusion5plain2017-05-15T12:01:48-07:00 Living with Holocaust survivors and being an Israeli immigrant has built up Malka’s unique personality, and has created an exceptional dimension to her artwork. Since she grew up in a home where no one spoke about the past, Malka never had the chance to directly learn about her parents’ history. Thus, she uses her imagination and artwork to picture the missing pieces of her parents’ past and to reconstruct her family history. Moreover, Malka believes that the inspiration for her remarkable art is her mother, and, in fact, she reflects her mother’s personality in many ways. Just like her mother, she has become an immigrant, has started to use discarded materials in her artwork, and has begun to enjoy bright colors. Malka’s journey of life is not simply the journey of one person; rather, it is the journey of herself, her mother, and perhaps the journey of all Holocaust survivors and their descendants. Looking at her art, one can learn about Malka and her mother as well as the painful story of the Holocaust and immigration to foreign countries. Overall, Malka incorporates her unique life story and experiences in every piece of her art because she has understood that she needs to reconnect to her Israeli and family roots in order to find her true self and bring forth the best of her talents.