Carmel Ilan’s work is based on a method of work constructed of numerous folded papers erecting from a wooden plate. Originating in the feminist discourse of the late 20th century, her work responds to traditions of female labor and crafts. Strongly connected to her basic material of paper, she questions the emotional response the material evokes and its contemporary value in an age of digitally archived knowledge.
Her latest development is an interpretation of her original technique, as she currently chooses to exhibit only the photographic representation of her sculptural objects. Replacing material for size value and microscopic vision, she transforms not only the materiality of the works but their physical effect on the viewer.