The solo exhibition of Tal is really worth a visit. Her art is fascinating, acurate and laborious.
I was particularly impressed by the 3 works showing scenes of the impact caused by Hurricane Katarina. The drawings are entirely made of black sewing thread glued on clear perspex sheets.
Introducing her work, Tal Amitai-Lavi cites a passage from Italo Calvino’s Book Invisible Cities describing the city of Thekla:
"Those who arrive at Thekla can see little of the city, beyond the plank fences, the sackcloth screens, the scaffoldings, the metal armatures, the wooden catwalks hanging from ropes or supported by sawhorses, the ladders, the trestles. If you ask ‘Why is Thekla’s construction taking such a long time?’ the inhabitants continue hoisting sacks, lowering leaded strings, moving long brushes up and down, as they answer ‘So that it’s destruction cannot begin.’ And if asked whether they fear that, once the scaffoldings are removed, the city may begin to crumble and fall to pieces, they add hastily, in a whisper, “Not only the city…”