Esther Knobel, Swimmers, Neckpiece, 2012, recycled tin can, paint

Esther Knobel’s “Swimmers” Neckpiece Acquired by the Newark Museum

Esther Knobel’s Swimmers neckpiece, 2012, is a continuation of the series Wreaths, Athletes, Warriors that she began in 1982. The bright and whimsical neckpiece, depicting synchronized swimmers in red bathing suits, was inspired by the 1930’s films of Hollywood director Busby Berkeley, who was famous for his choreographed scenes of synchronized swimmers, dancers, and acrobats. Of this series, Knobel has said  “I wanted to create a circle of motion consisting of a string of replicated figures.” The neckpiece, made of painted and decorated tin, presents these figures in motion.

Esther Knobel was born in Poland and immigrated to Israel at the age of two. She studied at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem, where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree followed by a Master of Fine Arts degree from The Royal College of Art in London. Knobel has received numerous awards including the Israel Ministry Prize in Art and Design, and the Netherlands’ Francoise van den Bosch Prize. Her work can be seen in museum collections worldwide, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh; Museum of Arts and Design, New York City; Israel Museum, Jerusalem. Knobel was chosen by an international panel of judges to receive the “2008 Andy Prize” – awarded to an outstanding Israeli artist in ceramics, jewelry, textile or glass. Her work recently traveled throughout the U.S. as part of the exhibition: “Women’s Tales: Four Leading Israeli Jewelers.” Knobel lives and works in Tel Aviv.