Ronit Joy Holtz (b. 1997, United States) is a painter and an installation artist from Kadima, Israel. She completed a B.F.A in painting at the Savannah College of Art and Design in the spring of 2019. Her work has been featured in galleries and private collections in New York, Georgia, Florida, Virginia, Arizona, Texas, California, France, Tel Aviv, Netanya and Herzliya. The past two years Ronit has participated in over fifteen exhibitions both within the US and internationally. She currently resides in Netanya, Israel as a permanent studio artist, aspiring to become an Art Therapist.
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Photo by Hannah Gehris
I create large-scale sculptural paintings that integrate an array of mixed media. Engaging with a variety of mediums, I employ fibers, wax, pig leather, Dead Sea salt, soil and sand from Israel to create raised layers. As a spiritual pilgrimage, my creative process involves relentless scavenging of objects to be placed inside my work. This creates a resurrection and harmony between the past and present. As a young girl, I dreamed of becoming an archeologist. Today, my studio practices echo this as I am constantly discovering and collecting fragments of the earth and her people.
I am interested in the alchemy of materials which speaks literally and metaphysically through layers. The energy of the combination of materials in my work visually portray my spiritual beliefs while mapping out my identity. As an artist, my process involves aspects of cultural anthropology. I feel the duty to narrate both the joy and pain that Israel and its numerous groups of people experience politically, religiously, ethically and culturally. Through my paintings, I function as teacher and student, illuminating the questions, pains, hopes and prophecies around the land. All cultures hold commonalities and universal ideas, thus, my artwork is about a story of place. My art is used to create awareness; for me, for the audience, existing in questions that challenge ideas in hopes to bring acceptance of one another’s differences.