Yael Eban is a Brooklyn based artist who was born in Israel and raised in Indiana. She has a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University in Art History and is currently pursuing an MFA at the School of Visual Art’s Photography, Video & Related Media program in New York City. Most recently her work was featured in the Fall 2013 issue of The Artist Catalogue and the group exhibition Come Together: Surviving Sandy.
This body of work includes photographs taken in various deserts around the world. Locations include Israel, California, and even the world’s smallest desert in Maine. This project was inspired by the historical Israeli initiative to make the desert bloom into a lush and habitable oasis, a movement founded by Israel’s first Prime Minister. Rather than surveying the results of the Zionist initiative, Eban has chosen instead to highlight the desert’s universality, its frightening vastness, uncharted beauty, and most importantly its unique ability to surprise. The geometry of the formal landscape is contrasted by strange traces of life, making the desert appear ordinary yet peculiar, familiar yet enchanting.
To view more of Yael’s work please visit her website.