Deformation as an Object. 2018, Ariel Lavian - Eretz Israel Museum

Deformation as an Object. 2018, Ariel Lavian

Photo: Hadar Saifan


Copper; classical jewelry-making techniques, casting, patina


Ariel Lavian, b. 1983


“Distortion as an Object” is a research project initiated in 2016, which includes a number of series. By means of manipulations including heat or “reaction baths” containing various chemical solutions, Ariel Lavian deforms and distorts the material used to create his objects. This work method is based on an evolving process, so that time also influences the character of the product as it is formed. Lavian observes the reaction, and – much like a theater director – decides when to arrest the process and complete the formation of the object, and when to subject it to an additional, complementary process. The preparation and cleaning of the metal and the duration of its exposure to the solution are critical elements in the process. In some cases, if the object is not taken out of the solution on time, it will gradually disintegrate.

“I believe that the acceptance of distortion as something positive has transformed my understanding of what is beautiful and of what objects are. This is a significant shift, which influences me in numerous ways. The endless possibilities that the metal allows for, both in terms of its form and in terms of its patina and finish, are mesmerizing. Every day I discover a new form of distortion that I can implement in my works.”


On display at the Glass Pavilion, Tel Aviv Biennale of Crafts & Design, MUZA – Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv.