The Wind Passes Over It and It Is Gone is a diptych landscape of the border between Palestinian territory and Israel. The painting represents the dissection of the land and the people who inhabit it. The image is an aerial view because of my own status as a Jew living in the diaspora, viewing the political and physical realities of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from a distance. In the painting, the border wall becomes a part of the landscape, but like the land, it is tenuous and subject to the whims of both the natural world and humans.
Through this painting, I also make connections to the current political climate in my country of citizenship. A border, a fence, a wall, present an illusion of safety through the artificial separations of peoples - the accident of birth that determines the side of the wall where one will live.