Roni Aviv

2023 Aim Fellow

Artist Statement

Roni Aviv (born 1992) is a visual artist, based in New York. Aviv works with photography, text and installation to give form to a psychological space of re-processing experiences. Aviv holds an MFA in Visual Arts from Columbia University and studied photography at Cooper Union and Bezalel Academy of Art. Her work has been published and exhibited internationally. Recent exhibitions include NARS Gallery, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Steve Turner Gallery, The Jewish Museum and Indie Gallery. They have recently been published in BOMB, GRANTA, Erev Rav, and Lines Inside by TSA_PDF magazines. Aviv was an artist in residence at Mildred’s Lane (2019), NARS Foundation (2021), and Center for Book Arts (2022).

My work is a visual inquiry into experiences and surfaces, ubiquitous in everyday life, yet largely unaddressed. I am interested in the malleability of signification and meaning within language and images. In my work I explore emotional layered experiences through mark makings; photography, language and rubbings are essential parts of my practice. I trace over erasure shavings, I photograph watermarks; the traces of a flooding accident on a once archival photography box. I read a letter, reread it, and rewrite it. I utilize gaps of knowledge and acts of repetition as building blocks for a slowly revealed fragmented narrative.

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