wolves series Isreal Museum

from the exhibition Facing the Wild, Israel Museum, Curator Talia Amar, 14 Dec, 2022 – 17 June, 2023 .

From the wolves series : wall objects: flame-worked glass, aluminum, silicon . Play!, 2018 Hunters and Hunted I, 2011 , Courtesy of Madreema Foundation, Singapore Hunters and Hunted II, 2011 Defeated, 2013

"Now this is the Law of the Jungle – as old and as true as the sky; / And the Wolf that shall keep it may prosper, but the Wolf that shall break it must die. [. . .] / For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack". from Kipling, The Law of the Jungle , “How Fear Came,” The Second Jungle Book, 1895) The first animals to break through Disney’s Jungle Book and enter the exhibition are Dafna Kaffeman’s wolves, affixed to the wall and  hovering somewhere between two-dimensional depictions and three-dimensional sculptures, between realism and imagination.  Wolves are social animals whose way of life is based on cohesion  and a balance of power. Despite the fierce strength that may come to mind when we think of them, Kaffeman has used a quintessentially  fragile material: glass. But instead of being clear, this glass is black, and the wolves’ fur is dense, prickly–and yet crushed. Separated from the pack, each animal is locked in position against the stark wall. It is somehow pitiful to see the wolves thus, frozen mid-movement, unable to shatter the confines of their material and rejoin the the roaming band and open spaces. Talia Amar, Curator