The Testimony of the Deer
Tamar Hirschl’s exhibition comprises two categories of works: paintings and aquariums filled with cast acrylic resin in which various objects intended for actual preservation are embedded, like in a natural history museum. The two groups are exhibited side by side, but the main emphasis is Hirschl’s paintings of deer—large, proud, posed as if for a portrait photo, but also alert to every noise or movement in the forest. The deer are Tamar Hirschl’s remembrance of a faraway place where a thick forest filled with deer once stood. One day, as has happened many times over, mankind subdued nature. In order to make more room and create further riches, a forest was chopped down and houses were built in its place. On a nostalgic journey back to the old forest, instead of finding the scenes from her recollection, Tamar encountered another place altogether that was, in her view, destroyed, overpowered by mankind.
Documentary about the Ramat Gan Exhibit
by Eran Gil, 2015