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New Series of Paintings by Melanie Daniel at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art

TEL AVIV.- Evergreen, the new series of paintings by Melanie Daniel, reveals the culmination of the artist’s interest in how people assimilate and camouflage themselves in their environments, combining a sense of strangeness with a sense of belonging. Daniel began painting after immigrating to Israel in 1995. For her photographic series Pleasantvale (2003), which links her early works with her current interest in the painting medium, Daniel returned to her hometown, Kelowna in British Columbia, to photograph a seniors’ neighborhood built in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s. Its pastel-colored houses with manicured gardens, today standing in the heart of a rapidly sprawling city, look like the setting of an antiquated television show where time and modern worries stand still. These photographs were exhibited along with looped recordings of telephone conversations featuring Daniel speaking from Jerusalem with some Pleasantvale residents concerned for her welfare during a time of f