Oodee Eilat

Oodee Eilat

What inspires your art practice?
I am intrigued by the human figure and particularly with the flow of expression of characters. I am also fascinated by worlds of fantasy and many of my characters have elements of creatures taken from the realms of mythology and fantasy with a strong influence from ancient Mediterranean sculptures. Sometimes I tell the clay what it is going to be, and sometimes it tells
me what it wants me to help it become.

What materials do you work in?
Mostly in clay, but also in cement, metal, resins and found objects.

Describe your artwork for NZ Sculpture OnShore 2021
Hanging Out is an agglomeration of figurines sharing a space. They come from different backgrounds, made from different clays and represent different anthropoid species. They show how creatures from different backgrounds can share a space peacefully. Usually the hands and heads of my works are disproportionately large, this comes to represent the creative process which links the mind and the hands to the material and the creation. I did not fully glaze the sculptures as I do not want them to seem like china dolls.

Where are the public most likely to see your artworks outside of NZSOS?
Whangarei’s Quarry Arts Centre or at my studio.

Where did you study?
Mostly self taught, also taught by my artist father and while working at Paul Taylor’s “Create ART Space” in Jerusalem.

Sculptures by Oodee Eilat

NZ Sculpture OnShore Returns 2021

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