This group of etchings, which I created at the Gottesman Cabri workshop in the heart of the kibbutz, were my first attempts at making artworks in this medium. Looking at them in retrospect, I see a visual diary that was composed in the aftermath of my exhibition “The Endless Solution,” in which I carried out a journey from the Dead Sea to the shores of the Mediterranean. In a sense, these etchings are like pieces of sails removed from the masts of my boats. They are my paper sails, ink trails.
The members of Kibbutz Cabri (where these works were crafted) as well as members of Kibbutz Gesher Ha’ziv were among the founders and evacuees of Beit Ha’arava. During my work and stay in the kibbutz, I encountered them and their painful memories. On November 29, 1947, following the UN resolution to establish a Jewish state, the region located north of the Dead Sea was excluded from the areas allocated to what would later become Israel. Thus, the residents of Beit Ha’arava were ordered to abandon the place. This historical narrative about the loss of a home and the creation of another touched me profoundly, and shaped my experience as I created the series of etchings.