According to Talmor, man participates in an almost unconscious way in the transformation of his surroundings. Collectively and anonymously, he constructs small altars through the daily piling of diverse pieces of debris in the stingy structures of the city. This imperceptible creative process is discovered from different angles through the alternate and critical, but nostalgic and sentimental, glance of a committed artist. The series "The Creativity of Evil”, The apparently de-contextualized image, result of the artist's exploration of the chaos of urban reality, invites a new reading of our surroundings and of the actions which culturally already form part of our self. Sewers, grates, deteriorated by contamination, gas, water and electricity vats stripped of their covers, become, by way of Talmor´s photo etchings, reinvented esthetic icons, an entire world of symbols that speak to us of a process of creation through destruction. As always, art, and this time Lihie Talmor, allows the extremes to unite and conjugate the most dissimilar perceptions.

With this large-scale proposition, the Tel-Aviv-born artist not only multiplies the viewer's interaction with the work, but also provokes a rupture of the conventional plastic boundaries, by removing the graphic piece from its traditional format and integrating it into sculpture. "The Creativity of Evil" is thus conceived as a floor and wall installation, which creates experimentational space for an urban dweller unaccustomed to enjoying a view of the sky due to the now traditional attitude of fixing his gaze on the many obstacles in his path. d with unusual depth. Undoubtedly, this is one of the most significative contributions of Talmor´s work, as it implies variations that, through space, involve the temporal ad the ritualistic to penetrate that which is most intimate.

Finally, it is the words of Lihie Talmor, like orifices of the collective unconscious, which best define her proposition "The Creativity of Evil". "The relationship that interests me in my work is that which is achieved between what I think, see and perceive, what I register through the camera, elements of reality, and finally, the work. It is a metaphorical relationship, not an illustrative one. Work as echo, not as mirror. The process of artistic creation."     

  María Estela Girardin
Sofia Imber Museum of Contemporary Art
Caracas,Venezuela.1996