I guess I’ve been an artist for 66 years now, starting at 7 years old when bed ridden with rheumatic fever. I grew up in Jerusalem, Israel. In my formative years, Israeli artists fascinated me, and I tried to imitate them. First were the dictates of Europe and colonialism as to what Art was and how it should be followed. But soon the multicultural nature of the place has opened my eyes and mind to so many traditions and aesthetics. At age 10, I was introduced to African Art, an unforgettable experience. Within those 66 years though, there were some years of stunted creativity, a result of paternal discouragement.
As an adult, I landed a job at a pottery workshop in Eilat, Israel, which evoked that almost forgotten artist identity. After about two years of pottery design and sculptural ceramics, I started pursuing art education. First in NYC, later in Tel-Aviv, I was then trained and employed as a restorer of archeological artifacts in Tel-Aviv University. Restoration had opened up for me a whole time/space vista: the riches of the Middle East.
Mid ‘70s I found myself in Chicago’s Roosevelt University, studying art under Don Baum, (taking sculpture at the SAIC), and receiving a BGS in Art, with Anthropology as a related subject, in 1978.
Back in Israel during the ‘80s, I continued working as an archeological restorer, while painting and making collage all along.
In 1990, I returned to Roosevelt University, Chicago for a graduate degree in Clinical Psychology. Following graduation, I worked for 12 years in Social Services in Chicago, where I always maintained creative-art groups. In the year 2000, I received a certificate in Applied Creative Arts & Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Continuing as a self employed psychotherapist, I have been using art in my clinical work, encouraging creativity whenever it applies. I continue to make art, mainly collage, where I can conceptualize, in layers, different aspects of my interests, thoughts, and personal experiences – as well as those of collective concerns – inspired by Jazz artists’ improvisatory process.
© Tamar Bar-Noy