Saadia Bahat – Sculptor
For 37 years I worked as a R&D engineer, sculpture being always my hobby.
Upon retirement, in 1993, I decided to become everyday less of an engineer
and more and more – a professional artist. Very soon this transformation
happened and now, 17 years later, and more than 300 sculptures and reliefs,
I am addicted to creative work. I am doing monumental/environmental and
inside works, and am active in Israel and several other countries.
My work is largely influenced by the materials I am using. Those are mainly
stone, wood and metal – I just love all of them. The confrontation between
the "character" of the material and my own character and temperament, are
very important factors in my creative work. A very significant moment in my
career was when I have reached a stage when even the hardest granite or
basalt stone, became to me like "Clay in the Hands of the Artist".
Besides the excitement of finishing a new piece, of seeing something that
appeared only in my imagination, and is now turning into a tangible piece of
art, I am enjoying the process of work as well. Even the noisy and dusty work
with stone, handling big blocks and heavy tools, are part of my satisfaction.
Hours behind the respiratory mask and ear plugs, partly shut off from the
environment, have their own charm.
I am mainly creating abstract work, generally avoiding doing works which
could be expressed in words or in writing. Figurative work is mostly not
sufficient to satisfy my creative drive. I also prefer the fact that abstract work
is impacting directly the viewer's feelings, while figurative works address,
primarily, his rational thinking (which I could reach verbally – without investing
hours of hard work).
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