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Tolla Inbar was born in Germany in 1958. After attending school in Stuttgart, where she concentrated on ceramics and sculpture, she immigrated to Israel. While passionately pursuing her interests in making art, and participating in both group and solo exhibitions throughout Israel and Europe, Tolla earned a B.A. in both psychology and sociology from Tel Aviv University, an academic pursuit that has greatly influenced her art. She later returned to Tel Aviv University to study modern art. Over the years, Tolla’s art has evolved from realistic and figurative to more expressive and semi-abstract forms.
Using the ancient method of bronze casting, Tolla’s work embodies universal questions regarding the reasons for living and the complexity of the universe. The suggestion of movement is strikingly present in these inanimate works. Tolla believes in an individual path that we all must work through in order to reach our spiritual goal. The soul, she believes, is a reflection of the universe and motivates our inner drive. Tolla uses the metaphor of climbing on to various external props to express this. The “souls” in these sculpture use stairs, ladders and ropes to fulfill ambitions and aspirations. Though Tolla is known for concentrating on the positive side of life, she never ignores the existence of the negative. Says Tolla, “The beauty of life is that good times outweigh the bad times. To learn from bad experience, teaches us to enjoy happiness better and more deeply.”