I’m fascinated by the tensions of opposing forces: light and dark, nature and the built environment, strength and fragility, poetic vs. pragmatic.
I’ve always lived between two contrasting worlds: social and artistic idealism and analytical, practical thought. That’s how I ended up pursuing a career in Interior Design over my lifelong passion for art. As a designer, I believe I have helped people achieve their dreams – whether a successful restaurant or the solace of a home. But something was always missing… Art and photography were still part of my life but in minute quantities. In the spring of 2020, I decided to follow my heart and finally make the leap.
My photography and multimedia practice is guided by this complex conundrum, compounded by a love of puzzles and Surrealism. My goal is to offer new perspectives, to play with and contradict viewers’ perceptions, with the intent of shedding light on intricate social and political issues. These research-based projects examine history and memory, searching for cues on how we are shaped by our experiences and the ones bestowed on us by our ancestors.
Ossi Flanchraych is a New York-based visual artist utilizing photography and multimedia to examine the history, memory, and forces that shape the human experience. She grew up in a Kibbutz, a rural agricultural commune in Israel, which shaped her acute awareness of social issues and her deep connection to nature and her creatures.
In 1984, after relocating to NYC and receiving a BFA in Interior Design, she launched and operated a full-service design studio for twenty-five years. In 2020, she decided to pursue her lifelong passion for art and photography, and in 2021, she graduated from the one-year documentary program at the International Center of Photography.
Ossi is currently working on three long-term concepts; The Invisible Front, a multimedia project aiming to find a fresh way of sharing the effects of post-traumatic disorder; Layers, a photography and poetry project documenting the ebb and flow of change in Bayside, a suburban town on the outskirts of NYC; and a project about memory and loss.