In her studio practice and scholarly research, Keren Moscovitch investigates the role of intimacy in the upheaval of subjectivity and suggests that radical intimacy can help reframe our relationship to ecology, the body, and Nature. According to Rainer Schurmann, “[t]he arché is not all its own. It is anarchic by virtue of an act of otherness which troubles it.” Moscovitch believes that this otherness can be witnessed in the intimate, as a troubling agent that destabilizes ideology. In this series of works on paper, collectively titled Object Lessons, Moscovitch leverages the historic photographic process of the cyanotype or “sun print” to explore the collision of human and nonhuman ontology. Using a variety of objects from rocks to woodworking remnants to clay bodies, she produces images composed of light and mineral to express the ambivalence, unpredictability and ever-shifting ecological imagination. The resulting works speak of interior spaces penetrated by unknown elements, growth of bodies inside other bodies, and the question of boundaries that haunts all intimate engagements. As materials morph and seem to take nourishment from one another, all the while gesturing towards escape from the enclosures set up for them, the edges between inside and outside, subject and object, self and other, collapse and dissolve.
Keren Moscovitch is a New York City-based multimedia artist and scholar exploring radical intimacy through collaborations, scholarship and practice-based research. She holds a PhD from the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts; an MFA in from the School of Visual Arts in New York City; and a BA from Georgetown University. She teaches at the School of Visual Arts, and Parsons School of Design at The New School in New York City.