Maya Attoun was born in 1974 in Jerusalem and lives in Tel Aviv today. She received the BFA at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, studied from 2000-04 in the MA Program of the Faculty of Arts at Tel Aviv University and completed her studies in 2006 with a MFA at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design. Scholarships in New York, Helsinki, Ein-Hod and Oxford were awarded to Maya Attoun. Central exhibitions were the solo show „Entre Chien et Loup“ at Tel Aviv Museum of Art and „Blood Related“ in Yanko-Dada Museum Ein-Hod. Furthermore her works were presented in group exhibitions in Israel and internationally.
Maya Attoun’s work presents webs of contacts, materials and information. Inspired by drawings from medical textbooks she creates sketches of ribs, lungs, textures of cells and veins. A systematic working process of repetition and duplication creates a pattern of form. Attoun exposes inner parts, combining images of objects, body parts and organic visuals into a decorative pattern. Monsters and mutant tumours drawn in colour and pencils, paper cuts, tools and ready-made objects all create Attoun’s hybrid space. It’s an apparatus containing the potential for an uncontrollable spatial outbreak invoking a feeling of disrupted order. Blurred borders between in and out, between rational and sensual conceptions, confront the viewer with a complex, unsettling situation.