by Sarah Wildman

Making Peace with Israel’s Mythic Past

Haunting images of Israel’s founding mothers rise up from every corner in Gaby Salzburger’s home. Nestled in the Jerusalem hills on the quiet moshav Evan Sapir, the apartment is crowded with evocative images: Tin, steel and lead sculptures bearing the faces of Israel’s founding mothers grace every surface. In the background, through every window, is a vista of the mountains that stretch out from her balcony. With so much artistic landscape to take in, it’s hard to pinpoint the source of inspiration behind the 34-year-old Israeli native’s impressive oeuvre. Which is, perhaps, precisely the point: It is both the land and the women—and also neither, a deeper, more personal infusion that influences the artist.

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