So what is this material anyway?


I began as a ceramic artist, and when I dreamed of building enormous walls, I felt limited by the world of ceramics, because of the size of the kiln, and other technical limitations of working in clay.

I realized that I needed to let go of the familiar material, the safe place I had established, and find a new way of working, in other raw materials that did not require firing in a kiln.

I was motivated by an inner feeling that this would offer me new more interesting horizons.

I discovered a technique that is well known in industry, called Sand Casting.

This is the technique used for producing metal engine bodies, metal fixtures and engine parts.

I chose to try and cast concrete using this technique.

At first it was thick and heavy because I created very voluminous sculpted reliefs. I didn’t want to have to depend on others to move the work around the studio, so I understood that if I want to work with large dimensions, I need to have more sophisticated raw material, to make the work thin and light. For many months my studio served as a laboratory for researching and experiencing with various materials. I consulted with concrete engineers, companies that made additives for concrete. And finally I found a way to produce very fine and delicate concrete that was also extremely strong.

This is concrete that contains microfibers and mesh and other additive but most important is the technique that allows me to produce concrete that is compressed and thin. From here on the possibility of making huge thin ‘leaves’ emerged along with the designed, sculpted, large walls made up of sections that can easily be constructed. I achieved my dream of huge walls. In Migdal Ha Emek, I created a 100 square meter Memorial Wall and later, an entrance wall two stories high, for a private home, wall designs in lobbies and so on.

Contact me:

Phone:   +972 -52-4743374

Email:     Ilana-av@013.net

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