Noa Charuvi

“I love how extremely urban and gritty the neighborhood feels, while at the same time having a real sense of community and artistic activity that is like no other neighborhood in Manhattan.”
Gathering photographs from news sources as a point of departure, I use paint on canvas to deconstruct photojournalistic moments to work through questions of nationality and identity. By eliminating almost all figures in my painterly interpretation, I abstract and distill images to examine disappearance and displacement in a broader context. In this way, my investigation travels from the personal to the universal. With deliberate and flat brushstrokes, I manipulate form and color, breaking down specificity of person, place and thing. What remains are emotions and sensations of anonymity and isolation.