‘Blunt Liver’ is the first booklet from Shahar Yahalom’s artist book ‘Blunt Liver / Blind Arch’, printed as two inter-connected soft cover books. The ‘double’ format references the dialectic of enmeshment and estrangement which colors the drawings and sculptures she presents.
Blunt Liver presents drawings, and sculptures created by the artist over the last three years; Glass portrait busts, both black and transparent, show two inter-connected figures – like siamese twins – re-conceiving each “head” as a series of inter-twined relationships. The structure of the heads changes over time, and every few months they are recast in glass, presenting a never-ending metamorphosis reflected within the sculptural form. A second series of ‘tombs’ echoes Yahalom’s broader pre-occupation with burying and entombment. In these works the mold used to created the glass heads becomes the work itself, a tool for cloaking existing sculptures in white plaster. Rather then recreating their interiors, Yahalom uses her hands to build up the exterior layer, creating new voluminous shapes which cover the surface, as if they were buried under a layer of snow.