Eva Bibas is a Venezuelan-American interdisciplinary artist with an ancient and robust Sephardic heritage that encompasses the Iberian Peninsula, MENAT region, and South America (Venezuela/Peru/Amazonia). Her legacy is enriched as a result of multiple forced migrations, which caused her family to keep their traditions even closer. Hence, themes of intersectional identity, transformations, and spirituality are a constant thread feeding her intellectual, emotional, and artistic endeavors. Her art practice is rooted in Jewish mysticism and through various means, among them creating her own mediums, she explores the relationship between physicality and spirituality, attempting to make sense of deeper layers of reality.
During her undergraduate studies, Eva was selected for opportunities that have supported her research-based artistic practice, such as the Dean’s Research Awards, Tufts Summer-Scholars Program, and Susan J Feigenbaum Memorial Prize in Judaic Studies. In 2021, her undertakings were featured in a Tufts Now profile. Her work has been displayed in important juried shows including exhibitions at the Dalí, Perez, and Rubell Museums, and she also has works in private collections. Through her art Eva hopes to highlight potent mystical concepts from her tradition, sharing this transformative knowledge with her audience.
Symbols from the Bread of the Seven Heavens, Jewish mysticism, and the letters of the Hebrew alphabet, seen by kabbalists as Divinity’s building blocks of Creation, rest at the center of my work. Such mythology and the stories that celebrate it have shaped the awareness of my family’s culture as part of an exiled people. Through traditional and innovative techniques, I generate materials with meaningful connections to my family history, integrating paintings, photographs, sculptures, performances, installations, and my environment. Among them, I produce traditional and sculptural paint mixtures with sand, calcium carbonate, and rubber. Through primal lines and shapes, derived from symbols from the Bread, and the interstitial shapes formed by the juxtaposition of the Hebrew letters, I seek to capture the ineffable nature of our universe. By incorporating such imagery, I draw upon sacred forces, partaking thereby in the process of Creation. My overlapping of textures in diverse media evokes history, land, and time, and unites diverse overlays (whether detectable or subliminal) gesturing toward the mystical. My art delves into the spiritual belief that our physical world is in constant communication and even unified with supernal worlds. People, nature, and everything in the material sphere which appear to be separate and different from each other, are really all one at the level of the soul. My work intends to show the great impact that our actions have on others, and their potential to bring healing, blessings, and Divine energies into this world.