Leaves of Grass - Fatma Shanan

27 Mar 2021 — 25 Apr 2021

DITTRICH & SCHLECHTRIEM is pleased to present LEAVES OF GRASS, the second solo show with the gallery in Berlin by FATMA SHANAN (b. 1986 in Julis, Israel / lives and works in Tel Aviv, Israel).

A dozen oil paintings on canvas, both small and large-scale, comprise this intimate exhibition by Israel-based painter Fatma Shanan. In most of the works we see a female figure in an off-white dress—in frontal view, standing pensive and solitary in a verdant garden, tensely crouching or reclining on an undefined ground or arching backward over an outdoor fountain on a wall dappled with sunlight. Throughout this body of work, branches and flowers surround, embrace, or emanate from the strained movements or poses of the figure, a representation of the artist herself.

The title Leaves of Grass is borrowed from a volume by the American poet Walt Whitman, first published in 1855.