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March 17, 1995 - Image 49

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1995-03-17

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Two Israeli-born artists with Michigan connections work in different media.

SUZANNE CHESSLER SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH NEWS

A

lthough Israeli-born artists
Gabriella Boros and Dalia
Wasserberg have vastly
different styles, they share
developmental experiences. Both
were strongly influenced by a par-
ent, refined their skills at Michi-
gan colleges and altered their
approaches while living in the De-
troit area.
Ms. Boros, 33, whose work will
be shown at the Janice Charach
Epstein Museum Gallery through
April 20, is a figurative painter,
telling a story with each canvas.
Ms. Wasserberg, 32, whose
work was shown at the same
gallery last year, uses charcoals
and pastels to create abstract
drawings and also forms one-of-a-
kind prints.
"Every painting is concept-

based," explained Ms. Boros, who
earns her living as a graphic de-
signer in Chicago. 'There are ac-
tual stories or some event that's
taking place to say, This is what
people do or this is how people be-
have or this is how people should
behave.'
"Each painting has very thick,
colorful oil paints. I often use the
oils to give a very textured effect
and make the figures seem as if
they are popping out.
"One of the paintings that I'm
bringing to Detroit is Cold Winds.
It has two women in canoes head-
ing in opposite directions. They're
glaring in anger toward each oth-
er. The water that they're in is
very choppy, and its a windy, over-
cast day. The painting is about
what happens when friendships
are tested by whatever is going on
in our lives."
Ms. Boros, who lived in Israel
for the first seven years of her life,
returns about every three years to
see relatives and friends. Her fam-
ily moved to the United States so
her father could advance his ca-

reer as an immunologist, and they
settled in Michigan, where her
parents, Dov and Eva Boros, con-
tinue to live.
"My dad would sit me down
with art books when I was 3, and
he had me memorize painters by
their style," recalled Ms. Boros.
Ms. Boros, a Groves High
School graduate, studied science
at the University of Rochester for
a year before deciding to change
to an art curriculum at the Uni-
versity of Michigan.
Now working out of a huge
apartment in an old Chicago
neighborhood, the single artist has
had her paintings exhibited in gal-
leries throughout Illinois as well
as in Indiana and Wisconsin.
She has dedicated two paint-
ings of actual events (Holocaust

Gabriella Boros:
Figurative paintings in oil.

I and II) to her parents, both sur-

vivors.
"My style used to be flat and
sometimes cartoony," said Ms.
Boros, whose goal is to find a
gallery to represent her so that she
can concentrate on artistry with-
out marketing distractions.
"My treatment of figures has

become more modeled and realis-
tic. I really work through a paint-
ing, completing small pencil
sketches, ink sketches, two-sided
oil pastel sketches and finally the
works with oil on canvas."
Ms. Wasserberg, in contrast,
creates effects she labels "gestur-
al: ,

"It's mark making," said the
artist, who experimented with
printmaking while earning her
master's degree from Wayne State
University.
"My prints look more like draw-
ings than prints. They're colored.
I usually start with black and
white and add a little color to cre-
ate images with round shapes and
linear patterns. All of my works
are untitled.
"I have my own way of mark
making. It's very free. There's a
Dalia
lot of motion going
Wasserberg:
into it, and hopeful-
Pastel-colored ly each work gives a
prints in the
feeling of move-
abstract.
ment."
In the basement
of her Farmington Hills town-
house, Ms. Wasserberg has set up
a studio where she draws on large
panels and designs smaller prints.
"My mother, Hedva Ferenci, is
a figurative artist, and she has
sold some of her work locally
through a gallery in Birmingham,"
said Ms. Wasserberg, whose move
to the United States came six
years ago with the transfer of her
engineer husband by his Israeli
employer.
"I started out with figurative
work, and as I learned more and
more, it developed into the ab-
stract."
Ms. Wasserberg attended
Beit Berl, a teacher's college in
Israel. After she and her hus-
band moved to New York, she
received her bachelor's degree
in art from Empire State Col-
lege and went on to Wayne
three years ago, again relocat-
ed because of her husband's po-
sition.
'We're planning to go back to
Israel next year," said Ms.
Wasserberg, who is pregnant
with her second child. "I prob-
ably will teach art to earn my
living, but I'm going to keep up
with my drawings and prints at
the same time." ❑

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