Drunk Man and Gorilla, 2006, oil on canvas, 60 x 77 cm, courtesy of the artist and Noga Gallery of Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv
A girl with the head of a donkey, a huntress with vampire fangs, a drunkard and a gorilla, an albino and a raccoon, a black sorcerer, a woman, a cock in the snow and a baby with the head of a bird - these are some of the surreal images that inhabit Galia Pasternak's fantastical paintings. Her figures - reminiscent of either dolls or monsters - breach boundaries of right and wrong, the proper and the abject; inhabiting dark theatrical scenes where pets become predators and the innocent becomes dangerous. Grotesque and at times perverse, embarrassing situations get central stage here: moments of unbridled passion, perversions, self-pleasure or
gut-wrenching loneliness - those moments usually spirited away from public view or repressed to the subconscious. Dress-up and exaggeration, humor and ridicule mingle with empathy, pity, longing and identification.
Born in Tel Aviv, 1977; lives and works in Tel Aviv