All the while Oded explained his techniques, his inspirations, his method of working as I took in decades of his career from early figurative to more abstract, and then to the present which is a mixture of both. I can't explain why Oded's work resonates so strongly with me any more than one can explain magnetic attraction to another human being. It just spoke to me from the moment I saw his work at my friend Danny's home.
Oded's work has been collected by a long list of major museums and collectors all over the world including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University, and so on--but I didn't know any of that when I first saw it. I just reacted to the exquisite finish of turquoise, the handled quality of the sculpture, the elegant shape topped with a pomegranate, the unexpected color. That there is a deeply personal autobiographical story behind his work is obvious, and it turns out, Oded Halahmy is also an idealist, who founded the non profit Pomegranate Gallery in NYC, whose mission is to create peace in Iraq, the Middle East, and around the world and represents both Jewish and Arab artists, using all proceeds to help war widows in the Middle East. It would be easy to classify Oded Halahmy's work as ethnic, but there is a universal message in every piece that transcends the specific.
Today's Art Inspired Fashion post looks to Oded Halahmy's sculpture, "Homeland", which contains some of his most iconic motifs.
What is a homeland? Where is my homeland? I feel like a nomad, and my homeland is the place where I am working and living. The very landscape I sculpt is a statement of my home at peace.
All land is holy.
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