Bends of Wood Grid (Turquoise Room)
Brooklyn, New York
Born in Oxford, England, Naomi Safran-Hon grew up in Haifa, Israel. Her visual work reflects on the way in which political reality affects the everyday. Safran-Hon received her BA Summa Cum Laude from Brandeis University in 2008, in Studio Art and Art History, and an MFA from Yale University School of Art in 2010. She attended Skowhegan in 2012 and Art Omi in 2016. She was a 2019-2020 Workspace Resident at Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Safran-Hon has had solo exhibitions at Slag Gallery, New York; Brandt Gallery, Amsterdam; RX Gallery, Paris; and Marfa Contemporary, Marfa, Texas. Her work has been included in group shows at the Haifa Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, Marianne Boesky Gallery, and P.P.O.W Gallery. Her spring 2020 solo show, All My Lovers, at Slag Gallery garnered a profile in The New York Times. Safran-Hon was a recipient of the BRIC Colene Brown Art Prize in 2020. In addition, she has been a visiting artist at Haverford College, Montclair State University, Towson University, Swarthmore College, and Sarah Lawrence college. She lives and works in Brooklyn and teaches at Columbia University, Pratt Institute and CUNY Staten Island.
Joan Mitchell Fellowship, 2023
My work represents a lifelong journey of investigating my identity and the relationship I have with my home. I grew up in Haifa, Israel, where I struggled to make sense of the violence I witnessed. By transforming my photographs of abandoned buildings into mixed-media paintings, I use the urban landscape to construct a different narrative. The materiality of my work draws the viewer into the tragic reality of where I come from to find their connection to their own home.”