general artist statement and bio
From 1999-2010 Nurit’s artwork has been devoted to mainly one object: the Classic Volkswagen Beetle. This iconic car which is also known as the “People’s Car” stemmed from her childhood. She owned a pink, plastic, transparent VW Bug that she worshiped. This toy brought her hours of joy and comfort. All this sentiment evolved into more than just a memory from the past, it became a connection to feeling safe and secure. Unlike other work in which “cars” represent mechanization, her Volkswagen Beetle is vulnerable, sensitive and human. Since 2004 the narrative in the artwork matured into Nurit’s personal biographical journey. The mediums used throughout the work included, acrylic, graphite, collage, lego, various gels/coats, and found objects.
A departure from her mixed media work centered on the Volkswagen Beetle in April 2010 Nurit unveiled her first installation work with a piece based on her bedroom in 1985 displaying her drawings from when she was 11 years old. Much of Nurit’s artwork continues to be focused on the Volkswagen Beetle, an alter ego of herself. Always biographical, the narratives that run throughout her work represent years of personal trials, where the drawings in the installation from 1985 do not. But the similarity between the two bodies of work lies in the obsessive relationship she has with the subject matter.
Nurit graduated from OCAD in 1997, and since then has been exhibiting her work throughout Toronto and various Art Fairs. She is also co-founder and was co-director of AWOL Gallery and Studios from 1999-2012.