Inkslinger Award Winner
Issue No. 9 – September 2015
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Watercolors and pencil on paper
“After moving to Portland I searched for a way to get to know my neighborhood — which luckily appeared to have some nice coffee shops, and one tea house built in a caboose.
I started visiting these places at least once a week, with my painting papers, paint and colored pencils, finding myself flowing with the intimate atmosphere for sessions of three to four hours.
While painting the places and people, I heard part of their conversations, kept translating it to Hebrew in my mind. During this process, I found that translation can be a very tricky game to play. I try to make it accurate, passing the meaning in its full form, and yet translating leads me in unexpected trails.
Looking at reality of time and place, through these trails of double bilingual meanings, often makes the excellent coffee taste even better.”
Tamar Hammer was born in Afula, Israel and grew up in Israel. She earned her BFA in the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem. In 2004 she immigrated to the U.S. with her spouse and son. Since moving to Portland, Oregon in 2013, Tamar has been dividing her time between painting, writing and extreme cooking.