The Wind Passes Over It and It Is Gone is a diptych landscape of the border separating the Palestinian and Israeli people. The painting represents the dissection of the land and those 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 humans and the natural world.
Through this painting, I also make connections to the political climate in my country of citizenship. A border (a fence, a wall) presents an illusion of security through the artificial separations of populaces. The place of one’s birth determines the side of the wall where one will live.