Malka Nedivi | Transcending Matter
Malka Nedivi’s “Transcending Matter” reclaims lost family history through discarded materials fused with poignant imagery, creating powerful emotional content.
Nedivi began creating large sculptures and collage paintings following the death of her mother in 2002. These works explore the emotional connection she had with her parents - both survivors of the Holocaust. Born in the newly established State of Israel after her parents immigrated from Poland, Nedivi was raised in a family without ancestral mooring-where none of their history was discussed and remains largely unknown. Artmaking became her method for filling the gaps created by their lack of familial past.
“Everything that I use is old. I am giving the materials new life.” is how she describes the mixed media ingredients of her work. In repurposing discarded materials, she reclaims and restores diminished significance. Her resulting collaged figures combine Figurative Expressionism with the directness and accessibility of folk art. Nedivi’s process consists of layering and molding fabric, paper, and other mixed media in a way that is reminiscent of how her mother collected materials, perpetually patching and mending holes in worn garments. She sees her art as her way of mending the holes in her own life.
Malka Nedivi’s Transcending Matter is the visually articulated story of reclaiming lost family history and healing for herself and her ancestors. It is an artist’s response to immense life challenges of generational trauma, coupled with immigration’s loss of grounding, and complicated familial relationships.
- Kristine Schomaker