Michal Gavish

Gallery Affiliations: Sandra Lee Gallery

Region: Pacific Coast

Website: http://michalgavish.com

City / State: Palo Alto, CA

My layered painting installations examine the ambiguity of memory as a historical source. Using imagery from old photographs, my work involves documentary processes along with their critique.

I paint larger-than-life full-body portraits that reenact personal histories. I then carry the portraits in ritual theatrical processions to the locations where the photographs were originally taken. Finally, I install the works in my studio and paint dioramas of domestic period rooms around them. In questioning the certainty of conviction in a memorial process, this performance painting process ends up in the realm of uncertainty, probing the line between fact and fiction.