Maya Gordon was born in 1947 in Chorzów, Poland. In 1957 She emigrated to Israel, where she studied at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem. In 1971 she once again emigrated to the Netherlands, where she studied at the Jan Van Eyck Academy in Maastricht. She resides and works in Amsterdam, Tel Aviv and Warsaw.
Maya Gordon frequently references memories of her childhood in Warsaw, cut short by her emigration to Israel. She revisits this symbolic Polish iconosphere, using it deliberately and intuitively. Gordon incorporates into her art symbols from various fields: from politics and religion to pop culture. She is a detached observer of reality, often using lighthearted forms to convey nostalgic content.
The artist’s complex national identity has left a powerful impression on her art. Maya Gordon’s work is characterized by her personal and emotional attitude towards the shifting social and political conditions in Poland, Israel and the Netherlands.
Selected exhibitions: Young Poland. Afterimages of Reality, Ludwig Museum, Budapest 2016; Rhetorical figures. Warsaw Architectural Sculpture 1918–1970, Xawery Dunikowski Museum of Sculpture in Królikarnia, division of the National Museum in Warsaw, 2015; Plica polonica, CSW Kronika, Bytom 2014; The Raft of Medusa: Israeli Art and the Monster of Self-Identity, Xawery Dunikowski Museum of Sculpture in Królikarnia, division of the National Museum in Warsaw, 2006; Golden Hands, Museum of Contemporary Art, Herzliya 1995.
Project partners are Embassy of Israel in Poland and Jewish Historical Institute.