Naomi Safran-Hon

Safran-Hon’s creative journey works hand in hand with a close examination of the history of painting and its tradition of charged architectural spaces.

She uses private spaces and everyday objects in order to address the fragility of human experience and the complex nature of one’s home. Destruction—both intentional, at the hands of the artist, and incidental, as the result of time and desertion—recasts the viewer’s notion of geopolitical conflict, irresolvable nostalgia, and the personal struggle to find one’s place in the world, both physical and psychological.  

Through her process, Safran-Hon’s pieces challenge the viewer to reconsider preconceptions about materials, the notion of home as a physical locus, and the role of destruction as a negative force.

Safran-Hon uses a unique process to transform her photographs into evocative paintings with strong impressionist undertones. Cutting through the photograph and canvas, Safran-Hon pushes concrete through the lace  stretched over these empty spaces then paints on top, imbuing each piece with a sculptural quality whose dimensionality causes the eye to stick in the nooks and crannies of the work, lingering over objects—some immediately recognizable, some requiring effort to piece back together.  By combining cement, lace, acrylic, gouache, pigments with photographic images of destroyed dwellings Safran-Hon reconstructs these structures in her studio to create paintings that tell the stories of their former inhabitants.