STATEMENT AND BIO
Paz Perlman’s early life was shaped by war, loss and migration. This has created an urge, through her works, to heal the space where time and events leave their traces and scars; a fragile and unfolding process of discovery.
A media profile in the HuffPost said that “Perlman’s multimedia sculptures and bricolage…..are born of a desire to piece together history. Not just her history, but a blanket of past trauma and pain that’s wound its way in and out of Perlman’s life.”
Paz’s artistic practice is influenced by her spiritual quest. She left Israel, her home country, at the age of 19 to spend a year in an Indian Ashram before moving to Los Angeles to train in Tai Chi and has studied with Buddhist masters in various traditions for the past three decades. She is a member of the Order of Interbeing in the lineage of the world-renowned Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh.
Paz began her career as a dancer and changed direction to become a visual artist. She initially emphasized traditional methods and materials such as carving stone and casting bronze.
A radical change in her artistic practice transformed her subject matter and process, resulting in works that express impermanence and the fragility of our existence, represented in installations, collages, painting and prints using a broad range of mixed media and found objects.
Currently, Perlman is integrating the existential challenges faced by the climate emergency into her work, with a focus on large scale installations.
Perlman trained initially at the Beeldhoudenschool art school in Amsterdam and after moving to the UK, completed a two year course at the Art Academy, London, before graduating with a BA in Fine Arts from Central St Martins, University of Arts, London.
Paz moved to New York, opening a studio in 2015 and exhibiting in a number of group and solo shows in galleries in the city, as well as continuing to show internationally. Her work is held in public and private collections in the US and Europe.
In 2020 she moved to live next door to the Plum Village Zen monastery of Thich Nhat Hanh in the South of France, where she works from her studio, converted from an old winery.