<em>White, No. 2</em>

Yael Kanarek
White, No. 2, 2010
Wood, silicone words in five languages: English, Arabic, Hebrew, Yiddish, Spanish
30 x 30 in / 76.2 x 76.2 cm

The word “whore” in five languages blends into a sea of texture, referencing fabric, urban environments or rocky dry desert landscape. The words become fully legible on the last line. Examining the complexity of “whore” as a network of exchange, this work points to social hierarchy, as well as political and economic inequality. It proposes an emotional role or spiritual state that one can only identify internally – ranging from desperation and repugnance to humor between friends.

Breaking up the flatness of the picture plane is a shift in directional movement. The shifting space offers a variation on the emotional response to the meaning of the word. The noun is operated on with a verb – the motion.

Hebrew – Zona (transliteration)
Arabic – Sharmoota (transliteration)
Spanish – Puta
Yiddish – Hor (transliteration)
English – Whore


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