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Malka Nedivi

Artist Statement

My work is inspired by the history of the Jewish people. I was born in Israel and moved to Los Angeles in 1980. Much of my art is influenced by  being an only child to parents that were Holocaust survivors.  My mother was a seamstress and was always mending holes in old clothes – I think that she was trying to mend her past. My art is a way of patching the holes of my past. I Directed a full length documentary : "Tzipora's nest". It was intended to be a film about my mother and it became a film about our relationship, old age and the wounds of war.

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Malka Nedivi was born in Rehovot, Israel. She is an only child to parents who survived the Holocaust and emigrated from Poland to Israel. Malka studied Theater and literature at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and  directed plays and taught theater. In 1980 she moved to Los Angeles with her family to study film at UCLA. She worked as an Assistant Editor from 1987-1992 on numerous films. Her interest in making sculptures began with ceramics in the early 90's. She developed her ideas beyond ceramics and experimented with different materials.  Her figures began to take form in large scale sculptures and collage paintings on wood and canvas. In 1996, she moved back to Israel to take care of her parents as their health was worsening.

Her artwork is directly inspired by this time period of dealing with her past and her parent's unknown past. In her latest body of work , she uses the materials she found in her childhood home. Layering fabric with glue and other torn materials she creates large looming figures with metal structures, and collage paintings that come out of the canvas and the raw wood. Her work has been featured in numerous galleries around California,  including the Los Angeles Municipal Gallery where she collaborated with her daughter, Karen Nedivi.  They created  a video installation for the show, projected on used sewn fabric. Malka Nedivi currently lives in Los Angeles, California and continues to develop her body of work.

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