The questions relayed in Rotem Tamir’s work revolve around escaping time and place and creating alternative, timeless identities devoid of history and geography. Her work consists of cohesive autonomous systems whose construction determines their own logic. Each project draws inspiration from different games, crafts and hobbies such as kite building, ship modeling, instrument making, magic and traditional woodworking, from which she borrows forms, identities and materiality.
Rotem Tamir is an Israeli sculptor and currently serves as Assistant Professor in Sculpture at the Art and Art History Department at Washington and Lee University. Previously, she was Visiting Assistant Professor of sculpture at the University of Florida and Florida State University. Her work has been exhibited at venues including Locust Projects, Miami, FL; the Harn Museum, Gainesville, FL; Kav 16 Community Gallery for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv; BCA Center, Burlington, VT; and Artists’ House, Tel Aviv, among others.
Tamir has been awarded residencies at Sculpture Space, Utica, NY; Seven Below Arts Initiative, Burlington, VT; Art OMI International Arts Center (unable to attend) and was a featured artist in residence at ARC Chattanooga, TN. She received the Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship award; the Artis Exhibition Grant from artiscontemoprary.org, New York, NY, among others. Tamir earned her MFA in Sculpture+Extended Media from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA; and her BFA from Bezalel Academy for Arts and Design, Jerusalem, Israel. Tamir lives and works in Lexington, VA.