Elsy Menko – Artist style #4
Michael Kovner grew up in Ein Hahoresh, a kibbutz (a cooperative community) in central Israel. The subject of the kibbutz is a recurring theme in his work. During the nineties he traveled to eight different kibbutzim all over the country to try and capture their essence. He used different techniques: pencil drawings, water colours, gouache, oil paints, wood cuts. His works on the subject comprise a very large body of work and a solo exhibition called ‘the kibbutz courtyard’ in one of Israel’s major musea followed in 2020.
Part of what he saw I tried to incorporate in this quilt: the fields, the houses, a ficus avenue, the boiler room, the guard’s house, the playground, a nursing home, the water tower, the greenery. The puzzle format is quite a surprising element in his work and he uses it quite often and to great effect. I found it fitting for this quilt.
Cotton fabrics, fusing, machine and hand stitching
Detail: agricultural equipment and the boiler house
Michael Kovner: fields puzzle
Michael Kovner: oil color puzzle
Great composition with an enormous amount of work, very effective, well done.
You have captured the essence of Michael Kovner’s work in your piece !
It is like a story that we can read, lovely !
Wow, so much in such small piece. I wish to see close ups of all small squares! You must be a very patient and very composed person to work in so small details.
A wonderful pictorial quilt with so many scenes to look at and appreciate.
What a beautiful collection of different landscapes. It really captures his puzzle paintings.
I keep looking at it and see new details every time. Amazing.
The execution is excellent and also the description . Since I live in a kibbutz, which is no longer cooperative at all, I can fully appreciate what you did. Each square is excellent.
A very detailed and interesting piece of work that is very effective. This is a quilt that can be viewed repeatedly and new gems found each time. Well done
So much detail in such a small space! This certainly reflects Kovner’s work and shows us such a lot in each little scene.
Oh my goodness so many detailed quilts within a quilt! So much to see!
Just like Kovner you have created a powerful sense of light, a vibrant sense of color and I can sense that for Kovner as well as you, Israel is something precious. Well done!
wow, you are amazing! One would hardly know this quilt is only 15 x 15 because of all the detail you have included. It is a fabulous piece!
Fantastic composition and beautiful detail work. Bravo!
Wauw, so much details in each mini-quilt. Beautiful!!