Joel Amit, born in Jerusalem in 1982, resides in his homeland where he is noted as both a brilliant designer and artist. After receiving his degree in architecture from the Bezalel Arts and Design Academy, the industrious Amit spent the next five years planning and building students and artists’ villages in the Negev desert. His experience in the south constructing residences, particularly his interest and knowledge of the properties and different uses of building materials, manifested into his creating wonderful two dimensional wall sculptures from metal and wood.
Amit’s experimentation and success in the repetitious application of unconventional small pieces of materials, as concrete, wood, piping, cardboard and paper, to form large structures, is the same concept he uses for his animate stills of moving butterflies, fish, birds, and feathers. Together we see the repetition and positioning of the same small delicate creature, painted in a bright mix of colors as our eye views the larger image created with them, such as hearts, words, instruments, animals, or bridges.
Influenced by nature and its coexistence with the computerized world, Amit created his “staccato” movement, a representation of the beauty and spontaneity of life to the edgy digital plastic age. Each vibrantly painted metal piece is strategically set in planes of space and become magical in with rhythmic energy.
Amit finds the contrast and process of forming heavy and cold steel into graceful, flowing works of art “liberating”. Joel expresses, “I am always in search for an extra dimension, a hidden layer, and to challenge the eye; and it is my sole wish to share it with others.”