In Tel Aviv, Female Artists Follow Arachne and Weave a New Type of Femininity
Daniella Sheinman works exclusively in black and white, using graphite on linen to reduce figuration to its essences of line and shade. At the beginning of her career in the 1980s, Sheinman created brightly colored figurative paintings, but she shifted to black and white in the early 1990s, limiting her materials to graphite and pencil. Her works begin as sketches, which she translates to larger canvases. Through a shrewd negotiation of negative space, Sheinman’s disparate lines cohere into figures, often depicting historically familiar subjects such as the Venus de Milo. Her drawing process emphasizes the power of each line to convey meaning while also insisting on the value of the composition as a whole.
Israeli, b. 1947, Tel Aviv, Israel