Sculpting with a smile: Tamar Eytan reflects on her life’s work

October 8, 2017 16:00
Bruno Tamar Eytan among her creations.

Tamar Eytan among her creations.. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)

Tamar Eytan sits in her studio in Jerusalem’s Nahlaot neighborhood with a green fedora perched on top of her head and her devoted daughter at her side. At 98 years old, Eytan has been creating creatures all her own with her hands, out of clay, stone and even felt, for over 80 years.

Many of the creatures are almost grotesquely beautiful; with amorphous heads that extend down to their feet. They are crude yet exact; profoundly intriguing. Eytan speaks sparsely and quietly, with the wisdom of many decades hanging from each word like cloaks, and the slightest touch of humor, as if to say that it’s not all that serious anyway. And even if it is, she has seen enough to know it doesn’t have to be.


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