“I paint a bandaid to heal, it’s a kind of a trademark for me. I have been painting the bandaid for almost 10 years now. It developed from different places and has different meanings. People can relate to it in different ways and for me it keeps changing as I continue to investigate meanings, and compositions.”
Dede is a Tel Aviv-based, urban narrative artist, who utilizes various mediums to communicate within the public arena. He started creating his works after finishing his military service, and continued to develop and elaborate them while completing his undergraduate studies at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design.
Dede’s inspiration stems from the urban landscape, and from the social and the personal questions it evokes. As he gathers stories and structures hidden within the ever-changing city streets, Dede examines and questions the man-made lifestyle people create for themselves, and reflects on absurd, paradoxical human existence. While visiting new places, a tension between Home and Away often rises and influences both his studio and outdoor pieces. Outdoor locations and found objects often serve as a point of departure for the pieces he creates.
The techniques he later applies, such as assemblage, collage, painting, photography and installation, are chosen based on their ability to highlight the original sources of inspiration and the stories they carry. This essence is usually elaborated due to Dede’s tendency to work in ongoing series that allow him to expand and deepen his messages. Found wooden planks, newspapers, and cardboard alongside man-made leftovers, constitute Dede’s pool of materials. These materials create tangible connections between his ideas and the setting in which he chooses to work.