"Layers of Identity"
On the Oeuvre of Mirit Cohen-Caspi By:Galia Bar-Or
Mirit Cohen-Caspi, for 20 years now, has created works in so many diverse media that one might imagine that the different chapters of her oeuvre had been created by a number of artists, not just one. But a deeper contemplation of the entire oeuvre reveals the consistent backbone underlying the various fields that engage her, in drawing, painting, sculpture, incorporation of text, found material, and digital work. In all her works we find the human figure, explicit or concealed, and transformations of the figure by means of disassembling, assembling and hybridizing into organic, technological, and design components. In her engagement with the human figure, beginning with her painting and her sculpture in the early ’80s, the fundamental question upon which her total oeuvre is based. Its essential interest is in the character of the affinity existing between structure and representation, between inner and outer essence, between physical sensation and image.