Nati Shamia-Opher / Tree House
Opening: 14/03/2008 Closing: 24/04/2008
Footprints of a figure
Traces of habitat
Nati Shamia Opher exhibits a complex installation. Its space might be an inside or a refined outside inhabited by different objects that merge between in and out, landscape and furniture, object and body.
An image of a dismantled tree with a tree house on its branches is spread unpicked on the gallery floor.
The tree parts are wrapped with felt, as though reunited; its joints are reconstructed by the hands of a specialist into a branched nervous system; its branches create a new weave that grows and takes over the gallery floor.
Near the tree a puddle carpet lies on the floor: its parts are a multiplied imitation of puddles that often appear on asphalt during winter. The carpet is a source of water – an imaginary infrastructure for a possible existence, for life.
The third object is a shadow of a mountain: a structure of light colored felt pockets stretching towards the ceiling like cells of a beehive – a potential layout for collecting and storage.
A possible place for being and, perhaps, for a safe existence of the body.
Nati Shamia Opher