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Photographer's Showcase: Alice Zilberberg's Meditations

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photo-eye is pleased to announce the newest addition to the Photographer's Showcase: Alice Zilberberg and her portfolio Meditations.

Bear with It, archival pigment ink, 40 x 42 inches, edition of 12, $2500

Artist Statement

In Meditations, Zilberberg creates animal montages as an expression of self-therapy. As an urbanite, functioning day-to-day in a fast-paced, built environment can be emotionally unsettling. The artist re-grounds herself in the sense of calm issued by these animals. These creatures reinstate a presence, a tranquility, and a grander perspective. The works are an amalgam of many photographs from different locations around the world, put together seamlessly by the artist in post-production. Their minimal aesthetic is metaphorical of striving for simplicity. Rather than ruminating on the past, or hypothesizing the future, Zilberberg’s works invite a meditative state, encouraging the viewer to stay still and find happiness in the moment.


Patricia Martin: How were you first exposed to art-making?

Alice Zilberberg: I started my artistic practice in drawing and painting when I was very young. I also experimented with digital manipulation even before photography. Once I started learning about photography, I fell in love with the surrealistic style and qualities of the real and unreal. I’ve worked in this style ever since.
PM: Tell us about your photographic process

AZ: My practice is a multi-step process that starts with research and generating ideas. I typically have a strong idea of what I want an image to look like before I start making it. I then photograph the different parts needed to construct it. I often travel to other countries to capture different parts, like the backgrounds. I then construct the image digitally and marry the montaged parts with elements of coloring, toning, and manipulation. The digital aspect could take a few weeks — or even months.
PM: Your images are masterfully constructed, they appear real. But they also have a dreamlike quality. How do you achieve this?

I spend a lot of time on each image, so the amount of digital work creates the style. I attempt to achieve an almost painterly effect by making my surfaces perfect. I dive into the details and don’t stop until it’s on par with the quality I’m looking for.  

Be Here Bison, archival pigment print, 40 x 34 inches, edition of 10, $2200

PM: Tell us about the connection between art and wildlife conservation in your work

AZ: These works are a continuation of my relationship with nature and the importance I place on awareness and conservation. The animals are placed in scenes where they do not originally belong — this speaks to the actual displacement happening to wildlife around the globe. Using different terrains from around the world also points to this being a global issue that affects everyone. Furthermore, I speak about mindfulness in my work to emphasize the benefit of human connection to nature, and in hopes of motivating conservation.


Calm Caribou, archival pigment print, 42 x 40 inches, edition of 12, $2500

PM: How do you go about finding a location to make the backdrop for Meditations?

AZ: I always have a clear idea of what I like when it comes to backgrounds. My style usually calls for clean backgrounds, such as deserts and beaches. I do my research ahead of time and go where is needed to find the right terrain.

PM: Where do you get your inspiration from? Are there certain artists or films, musicians or daily practices that keep you motivated to create?

AZ: I have many sources of inspiration. My ideas can come from anything that crosses my mind. I am always trying to think of new ideas and continue learning. I’m continually motivated to create because I’m full of ideas that I feel the need to express. 

© Alice Zilberberg, 2020

Alice Zilberberg is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning artist. Born in Tallinn, Estonia, and raised in Israel, she currently resides in Toronto, Canada. A graduate of Ryerson University’s Photography program, she began her artistic practice by painting: a verve which remains very much present in her digital works. The winner of numerous prestigious competitions, her accolades include 1st place titles in competitions such as the International Photography Awards, the Julia Margaret Cameron Awards, and the Fine Art Photography Awards.


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For more information, and to purchase prints, please contact Gallery Director Anne Kelly or Gallery Assistant Patricia Martin, or you may also call us at 505-988-5152 x202