We had the good fortune of connecting with Sivan Pais and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sivan, let’s start by talking about what inspires you?
I’m inspired by nature, what I love most in nature is to see it’s processes – how it’s always changing and striving for balance. Everything in nature has a purpose and nothing goes to waste. It makes me feel very optimistic knowing that no matter what humans do, nature continues to change and heal. Ever since I remember myself, I found interest in mold or rotten things, the beauty in the decaying is like a microcosmos of a new life, a fertile ground that is conducive to germination, a necessary step in the circle of life for the existence of every living organism, for me it’s the symbol of revival
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a glass artist working with pate de verre (glass powders) made in kiln fusing and slumping with a serigraphy technique. I create fragile glass elements with printing the powders through the silkscreen and then I assemble them on to a large scale colorful three-dimensional images, I work with glass at its most basic form, returning the materials to where it began and sculpting with sand. within the tiniest grain of sand there is the entire potential of glass, like D.N.A in cells, i love how it moves, plays, and takes a different form each time, this project was born out of my life experience, much of my way of thinking and my inspiration comes from my way of living, following the natural hygiene approach to wellness, I experienced many changes in my body and mind, I felt the need to pay tribute and gratitude for the journey toward healing I went through.
In a year and a half after graduating I exhibited my project in one of the largest museums in Israel and had the exciting opportunity to make a small collection of work for the Blue Gallery in Delray Beach Florida so I’m very proud of what I achieved in such a short time. I believe of being authentic with myself is what brought me to where I am today, finding that inner voice and being true to my ideas and wishes, doing what my heart desire that it is manifested in to my art and people react so positively to it and just give their blessing and encouragements so I continue making , I truly feel that these blessing came true. There is always doubt and insecurity being an artist, is not easy to be an entrepreneur and require high discipline, need to reach out, make collaboration, keep working not knowing if it will pay off, I keep reminding myself that it’s not the goal that is important but the process and enjoy the way. I learn that there is a market for “one of a kind” art and unique pieces, especially now that people spend more time in their house there is even more emphasis on home styling, at first I believe it is hard to make a living out of art but art is a very broad title for many many different disciplines, so just imagine where you want to be, be specific with your targets and there a place for anyone as long as you know where you are headed.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Even though Israel is a small country, it is very diverse in culture and landscape. most of my life here i lived in small villages and close to nature so when friend come over we go out on a hike or camping in the nature, for such a small place we have so many different environments from the desert in the south with the dead sea and the red sea that is breathtaking seeing the strong colors combination of the desert mountain to the rich deep blue and going up north there is mountains and valleys full of luscious green and streams or going to our beautiful beaches of the Mediterranean. The weather is mostly nice, not much winter around here, so plenty of days to be outside and the people here love it, so much outdoor activities and fun parties in nature. Israel also has very ancient history and lots of historical places to visit that are a must see, from Jerusalem to Masada, Beth Shean to Acre. being in a city of 4000 year of history and a archeology architecture is incredible and full of excitement, not to forget the enormous diversity of people who make this place so unique that is worth a trip to visit warm hospitality and incredible tasty foods from so many cultures that live here together, definitely need more than a week.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I am very fortunate in my life to be born to an artist mother, Lily Pais, a painter and home interior designer, growing up in a house that encourages creativity and gives endless support in every choice in my life, I learn so much from her especially now that I open my art business. I would also like to give a shoutout for my husband who supports me tremendously even became my art assistant in the studio for a short while and to my closest circle of friends, super talented creators and artists that fill my life with more creativity and lots of fun.
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