Tirtzah’s work investigates the relationship between technology and physical experiences of the body in time and space. She explores moments of intimate contact performed in public spaces, such as airport security pat downs, juxtaposing instances of physical contact with occurrences of psychological dissociation or disembodied responses. In ‘TSA’, a series of drawings, paintings and installations, depictions of passengers and security personnel probe the tension between intimacy and vulnerability, between eroticism and violence, implicit in these encounters. From the intimately scaled site-specific installation ‘TSA Chapel’, to monumental murals rendered in duct tape directly on the gallery walls, she extends this exploration of the borders between public and private domains from subject matter to the materials, and to the spaces she creates with and for her work.
Tirtzah is an Israeli artist currently based in New York. She studied at the Jerusalem Studio School in Israel and has an MFA from Boston University. Her work has been exhibited in Israel, Europe and the United States and has been reviewed in Hyperallergic, NY Daily Report, ynet, the Forward and the One Way Ticket Show. She has received a 2011-2012 LABA Artist Fellowship at the14th Street Y in New York and is currently a resident of the Chashama Visual Arts Program in Brooklyn.