I am Yona Verwer, a Dutch-born New York based artist and curator.
Yona Verwer creates works that explore identity, terrorism, tikkun olam, kabbala, and the notion of God.
She has a Masters Degree in Fine Arts from the Royal Academy of Arts in the Netherlands, and has shown and curated in numerous galleries and museums in New York and in Europe.
* "Blessed are the Artists - Spirituality & Religion in Contemporary Art", Caldwell College, NJ, Oct 11- Nov 17
* "It’s a Thin Line: The Eruv and Jewish Community in New York and Beyond", at the Y.U. Museum, NYC - October 28 - June 30
* Till 2014 GATHERING SPARKS Exhibit, Mizel Museum, Denver
Yona Verwer's art has been featured in solo shows in the Netherlands and New York, in venues such as the Andy Warhol Factory, the Bronx Museum, the Maryland Museum of African-American Art, and the Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art. Published in the New York Times, the New Yorker, the Daily News, Sh'ma Journal, Zeek, and the Forward.
Artists statement about her eruv art installation:
"My current art installation at the Y.U. Museum explores the impact that the lack of an eruv on the Lower East Side has on families with young children and the infirm. It draws attention to the fact that, for many, not having an eruv significantly detracts from the attractiveness of living in the neighborhood.
Having spent many a Shabbat on the Lower East Side, I am aware that the physical boundary of the eruv has become a spiritual boundary, as well. It excludes women from fully participating in Jewish life and creates a male-dominated synagogue community.
This installation shows details of Lower East Side synagogue interiors, which cannot regularly be seen by many in the community, because there is no eruv.
The images are a metaphor for waht the women miss out on: a connection to community and spirituality".
"Context" at the Columbia / Banard Kraft Center, NYC
Oct 11 - Nov 29.
"Fragmented Epics" by Joel Silverstein. Kraft Center, NYC.
Dec 12- Jan 26, 2013.
"Into the Void" by Cynthia Beth Rubin. Kraft Center, NYC.
February 16 - march 8, 2013