Femina Luminous

Naomi Ben-Shahar

Throughout the exhibition the concept of ecofeminism is present in both the material and subject
matter. Ecofeminism, coined by French feminist Françoise d’Eaubonne in 1974, is a framework that
incorporates core concerns of feminism such as gender-equality, and environmentalism. The
ecofeminist movement reprioritizes individuals and structures often undervalued by patriarchal
society to illustrate and correct the ways both nature and women are mistreated by patriarchal

In Femina Luminous Ben-Shahar combines large handmade weaves on looms with analog large-format photos of glowing, ethereal plasma-like material, which are actually painterly depictions of eggs in various states.

The weaves are created intuitively as a labor-intensive ritual and the photographs mystify the commonplace food item in the otherworldly shapes of the eggs to unite nature and the
cosmos. The use of eggs also connects Ben-Shahar’s work with domestic labor and a lineage of
women throughout history and cultures who have done with their craft in this context.

Throughout her practice, Ben-Shahar contextualizes historical techniques, materials, and ways of viewing. She is interested in opening the photographic experience and understanding how art making can be adapted to better connect with contemporary audiences. In her weaving practice, Ben-Shahar
rejects the square and rectangular format of frames in place of custom triangular or semi-circular shapes.