Using paper, fire and water, Meir Salomon creates moving works that penetrate the soul. Total purity is produced from the two polarized elements—water extinguishes fire and fire vaporises water. Those opposing forces of nature are summoned to create personal art.
The language of his work is unique. Most apparent in his work is the long journey he has undergone, that focused on both a personal and artistic search at the end of which he has reached uniqueness and unison. The two elements—fire and water—serve as means of purification in various cultures. The fire is used to burn sacrifices in certain cases, and in other cases to burn the impure. The fire serves as a direct link to forces that are considered holy. Lighting Sabbath candles, for example, and the eternal fire that burned in the tabernacle.
Water is necessary for human existence—without it there is no life. It is used to water the crops that nourish us and at religious purification ceremonies like immersion in the Mikveh (Jewish ritual bath).
Mobilization of these two primal forces is apparent in the power of the works; the artist's internal purity is integrated into the piece and radiates internal purity and cleanliness.
In this series Salomon uses special paper that is covered in a layer of soft chalk, giving him flexibility and freedom of movement that could not be achieved with other forms of paper. This unique, absorbent and strong paper allows him to rub the pigments into the paper, soak it in water and process it from both sides. The scorching of the paper is done with absolute control by sectioning areas designated for it. The use of monochromatic colors completes the piece's clean and polished appearance.
The artist creates in a two-dimensional workspace and turns it into three-dimensional by making folds and creases in the paper, as well as through perforation done by scorching specific areas, which contributes to the additional dimension.
Through looking at the body of Salomon's work, it is clear that we have before us a person who, on his life journey, asks existential questions and reaches his own insights while being on a technical search that allows him to express his artistic ideas on a high level of quality.
Critique by Hana Barak Engel
Image on the top: illustration - fire and water drawing by Meir Salomon
Image on the bottom: illustration - fire and water drawing by Meir Salomon