The Inspiration Behind Dorit Levinstein’s Art
Education and Evolution of Artistic Style
I studied art & design throughout my life, eventually going on to teach. In 1978, I received a bachelor’s degree in graphic design and illustration and a second degree in painting and sculpture. At the age of 32, I began to expand my work, and I fell in love with sculpture. My work is categorized into three main periods: the “classical” bronze period, stone and mixed media, and, currently, the art of colorful linear figures. The common thread throughout has been an inspiration from Chinese philosophy that explores the relationship between the self and the surrounding world.
Inspiration from Picasso
Picasso’s creative mind is undoubtedly powerful and has resonated with me throughout the years. His humor, amusement, genius, and curiosity are almost childlike. His freedom in his work is something I relate to. Finally, his love of life is truly inspiring.
Signature Style and Creative Process
My work invites its audience into a world filled with forms, figures, and colors, teasing my audience with continuous lines and playful patterns. My signature style radiates a new dimension engaging the spectator in a metaphysical dialogue and highlighting the free-floating nature of my sculptures. I mostly create on impulse, allowing myself to follow my instincts while creating. I begin my creative process by “sketching” the shape in my mind, allowing myself to indulge in an innovative mystical experience. Despite its remarkable simplicity, each sculpture results from a sophisticated process. Each figure takes an innovative approach, using one continuous piece of bronze painted in vivid colors, creating rhythmic patterns that regularly repeat themselves. While certain features might be missing, I aim to portray my subjects unconventionally, and the finished product represents my artistic identity. Another signature attribute within my work is an exposed section of bronze, reminding the viewer of the original material before its transformation.
Personal and Powerful Meaning Behind Each Sculpture
While my artwork may seem like simple depictions of well-known subjects, each sculpture is highly personal, holding a deep and powerful meaning for me. I am constantly looking to start a conversation with the viewer, posing the question of how art can be used to transcend language and cultural barriers.
Exploration of Typographic Art and Tribute to Notable Figures
Each sculpture emits continuous virtuosic lines that allude to human figures, animals, flowers, and objects. My “LOVE” sculpture, a part of my “Typographic Art” collection, explores the typographic art form and dives into form-content interplay. Through typography, I can communicate and celebrate my message. I also enjoy paying tribute to notable past figures through my aluminum free-standing sculptures. Strong female artists such as Amy Winehouse, Frida Khalo, and Marilyn Monroe hold a strong presence within my work. Aside from recognizable, famous figures, I also make sculptures of everyday objects like flowers, portrayed in “Sunflowers” inspired by Picasso’s “Vase de Fleurs.”
Love and Dimensions in Exhibited Sculptures
My sculptures are filled with love and dimensions and are exhibited in various locations. To explore more of my work, visit my website.
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