21 year-old Manchester-born Georgia, who studies Fine Art at Leeds Arts University met Leeds-born Danele, who studies Painting at the University of Edinburgh, while working as madrichim for Habonim Dror summer camp. “We met up in Leeds after camp to catch up and went to a café in a local arts space called The Bowery,” said Georgia. “We didn’t realise it had a gallery and when we went upstairs to have a look, we thought about how amazing it would be if we could do something together and show our work there someday. Two years on we have an eight-week exhibition there!”
And Everything Was Blue is a joint show of work made for their university courses. Painting their friends, Danele and Georgia’s work aims to draw attention to the way in which the young generation identify culturally and encourages self-reflection on their material culture: “The exhibition explores ideas of contemporaneity, human behaviour, and youthful expression,” continues the third-year student.”
Georgia’s paintings capture what it is to be of the young Jewish generation. The new youth make up a diasporic and modernised branch of cultural faith, bringing together contemporary life with ancient tradition. Each of her pieces capture a moment which signifies a turning point in Judaism, where faith becomes personal, yet at the same time a collective consciousness: “Growing up in Manchester, it was at King David High School where I was truly pushed to express myself artistically and found where I wanted to place myself in the Jewish community. However, it wasn’t until I reached university that I synthesised my art with my Jewish expression.”
Both still heavily involved in Habonim, the pair have led camp again this summer, having enjoyed being back with their youth movement in person after running online sessions for the last year: “We’re both so excited to have the opportunity to exhibit in person, especially as we’ve spent most of the time making it in our bedrooms because our university studios were shut for COVID,” said Danele.
And Everything Was Blue will be on display until 9th October at The Bowery, Leeds, with all work on sale. Drop into the café during the day to view the gallery or contact Danele or Georgia to arrange a private viewing.
To see more of Danele and Georgia’s work, visit their Instagram pages @by_danele and @georgiagroundart