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Lavender weaving 2022

image: Maya Baran

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יְעֵלָה וילשנסקי





Wilschanski’s primary medium is sculpture, layered with performance and video. Her time based architectural garments carefully construct large geometrical forms, evoking frames such as window, door and table. These transformative wearable items the artist enters into, suggest structural shifts in both the artist’s body and the garments. Based on wood or PVC pipe frames, these opaque swathes of material caress her body as they progresses into various forms, gradually revealing several garments sourced from, and returned back into the frame. Through her choreography and combination of mediums, Wilschanski examines the notion of functionality and corporeality in an environment she creates.


As the artist moves within and reconstructs relation to these fabrics, not only does the form change, but also the appearance of her own body in them, as it (dis)appears in between these layers, in which it morphs with care and balance. Wilschanski embodies the very idea of self-maintained in her performances and attire: she builds and destroys; sets the table, eats, and then cleans; she mourns, grieves and consoles; she is the one being born, and the deceased. The playfulness this setting enables, transforms the appearance of her body; at times it seems diminutive in relation to the structure, and at times consumes it.

Working with fabric and assembled pieces are both pragmatic and creative choices for Wilschanski. Like a magician, she disassembles and reassembles these forms that are larger than her body, while their compactness allows for a less cumbersome transport and minimal studio space. This sophisticated design and mechanism is essentially an extension of her body and reframing of her body, which she considers to be the anchor in her performance pieces.



Wilschanski has had solo performances / exhibitions at The Border Gallery (NYC 2022) ,mhPROJECTnyc (NYC 2021), Das Schaufenster, (Seattle, WA 2021) A.I.R. Gallery (NYC 2020), Movement Research at The Judson Church (NYC 2019). Selected group shows include, Long Story Short Gallery (NYC 2021), The New School XReality Center (NYC 2021) and A4 Art Museum (Luxelakes, China 2018)

Residencies include Monira Foundation Performance Residency, NJ (2023), Ponderosa Artist Residency, Stolznhagen, Germany (2022), Lake Studio Dance Residency (Berlin, Germany 2014)  Aesthetics & Bias (Wroclaw, Poland, 2014). TWIS Exploring the Human Voice in Motion (Berlin, Germany, 2014) 

Awards include NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship: Craft/Sculpture (2023), ILYSM Artist Grant (2020)  Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant (2020)
Wilschanski received an MFA from Hunter College (NYC, 2019) and a BFA from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design (Israel, 2014) including a student exchange program at School of the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, MA 2012)


Hannah Phang, What Would The Egg Do?, Crystals. Clits. Climate, Podcast, video, USA (2021).  Jenna Elizabeth Gonzalez , ILYSM zine, USA (2020). Glenn Adamson, Crafts Magazine, UK (2020) Willyi Wang, 儿童疗养院, Grace, China (2018) Galerii Miejskiej Arsenał w Poznaniu „Estetyka i uprzedzenia”   Magazyn Szum, Poland (2018). Dario Rutigliano, Katherine Williams, LandEscape Art Review, ISSUU, UK (2015)

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