These two bodies of work deal with carving out one’s space in the world. While Cabessa normally splits her time between Tel Aviv and New York, recent travel restrictions have created an opportunity for her to rediscover her love for Tel Aviv and it’s iconic Bauhaus architecture. Cabessa’s Bauhaus buildings are not painted from observation or memory, but rather she translates the landscape into her signature style and color palette.
If the Bauhaus series is focused on the physical landscape and looking outward, the Circle series is in a way an antithesis; an exploration of a meditative state, turning the gaze inward. As with all of Cabessa’s paintings, the paint strokes in both series are dictated by the artist’s breathing pattern during the creation process. The Circle series invites the viewer to get drawn into it’s mesmerizing waves, and back out like a deep exhale.