Tamar Ettun -- The Demon of Being Surrounded by Yellow


Handmade oil sticks and thread on paper in custom walnut frame with UV glass
16.5 x 13.5 inches

After months spent meticulously copying newly-discovered images of demons contained in the ancient Babylonian incantation bowls meant to trap them, Tamar Ettun began producing her own series of "Lilit the Demon" drawings, sourcing from both traditional Jewish cosmology and from the friends who confided in her about their own personal struggles. Tactile and naive, these rich, emotive drawings feel both age-old and immediately familiar.

Brooklyn-based, Jerusalem-born, Ettun uses sculpture, video, and performance art to invert the semiotics of our existing cultural, social, religious, and personal rituals. A conceptual heiress of Baldessari, Levinas [“Lautre c’est moi”], and Boetti [‘everything contains its opposite’], Ettun creates movement-study sculptures rigged to shatter our well-defined physical and psychological territories. Amorphous devices such as parachute habitats and concrete-cast shoes conflate our accepted binaries of permanence/impermanence, static/kinetic, participant/spectator, and military/civilian, to name a few.

Ettun has had exhibitions and performances at Pioneer Works, PERFORMA, Madison Square Park, and ther Watermill Center among others, and has received fellowships and awards from The Pollock Krasner Foundation, Chinati Foundtaion, and the MacDowell Fellowship. Her work has been featured in the Brooklyn Rail, The New York Times, Hyperallergic, and other publications. She recieved her MFA from Yale University and currently teaches at Columbia University School of Arts and The New School Parsons School of Design.