ELENA MARY SIFF AND NOAH ERENBERG
Santa Monica and Santa Barbara
These graffiti type drawings with beaded details were created initially for an exhibition in Santa Barbara called EDGE. My adult son, Noah Erenberg, and I collaborated on each piece. He created the drawings and colorful shapes and I added the beaded details around each shape so as to create the “edge”. They were very well received in the initial exhibition. After the exhibition was over, I studied the works and came to the conclusion that there was a much deeper meaning to these works than I had realized when we created them. Noah is challenged with autism and also is a very talented visual artist. I have acted as his art agent for many years, promoting his art, as he cannot do this for himself. Obviously I have always been very protective of Noah and of his art and looking at these drawings I now know that unconsciously I created a safe zone around his images with my beads. This collaboration became much more profound to me when I understood what I had done without conscious intent…The mother as protector in a very primal visual way.