PALO ALTO, CA.- Dana Harel: Between Dreams and Nightmares features work by San Francisco artist Dana Harel. Organized by Laguna Art Museum, the exhibition consists of fifteen mixed-media drawings of animal and human figures. Harel describes the unusual process she employs as a hybrid methodology that includes sculpture, drawing, photography, and printmaking. Her multi-layered works reflect the messiness of war and its effects on survivors, drawing on the artists personal relationships to the men in her family and ties to military life:
As an Israeli female soldier, a daughter of a soldier, a wife of a soldier, and a mother of a young sensitive male, I have witnessed men in their most intimate and tender moments, sometimes in the most unexpected of places. I draw on this experience and perspective in my work, sifting through the memories and truths that have shaped me as a woman
Dana Harel was born in 1970, raised in Tel Aviv, Israel, and works in San Francisco. She received her Bachelor of Architecture from California College of the Arts. Her recent solo exhibitions have been at Gallery Wendi Norris in San Francisco and Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art in Herzliya, Israel. Harels work has been included in numerous group exhibitions at Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito; the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art in San Jose; Napa Valley Museum in Napa, and Root Division and Gen Art, both in San Francisco.
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