Memories, life experiences, intuitive processes, and curiosity drive my work.
Early in my life, informed by my upbringing in a Kibbutz, I observed the importance of land as not only a source of life but also as a source of struggle, separation, and death.
Now, with the current political and environmental climate, the subject of land continues to be essential to my work; it has, if anything, become even more important in recent years.
I pull from my personal and emotional experiences to create my work, trying to combine what is felt and tangible along with the intangible.
My process is like a journey of discovery: I start with just the paint – intuitively setting it down. The paint then inspires me to construct a “place”— a resemblance of a landscape, both actual and imagined, that aim to present an idea of land that is composed of multiple layers.
These layers include the cycle of life and death, ancestry of the land, and a connection between society, history, and geology.
I focus not only on land’s physical “being” — the form, texture, and feel, along with the process by which it forms, moves, and erodes—but also land as a source of emotional and psychological mood.
A native of Israel, Dganit grew up in a Kibbutz. After high school, Dganit volunteered in establishing a new Kibbutz in the north of Israel, which was followed by military service. Dganit then traveled with her husband-to-be, traversing Southeast Asia, in a physically difficult, but emotionally rewarding experience that would last two and a half years.
Dganit and her husband moved to North Carolina in 1992. During her time there, Dganit worked as a teacher for low-income pre-school children in Chapel Hill, and later taught undergraduate Hebrew at Duke University, while creating art as a self taught artist. After some years, she became a full time student at UNC Chapel Hill.
In the summer of 2006, Dganit moved with her family to Philadelphia. She earned her BFA with honors from the University of The Arts in 2008, and in 2011 she graduated from the MFA program at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. During her time at PAFA, she was very interested in the curatorial process and interned with the curator of contemporary art at the PAFA Museum. Since earning her MFA, Dganit decided to devote herself solely to making art in her studio.
In 2016, Dganit moved with her husband yet again, to New Haven, Connecticut. After a year of splitting her time between art making in her studio at Erector Square, and working n the program department of the Yale Art Gallery, she has returned to full-time art-making.