Reflections: 20 Years of Sorensen Fellows

Naomi Safran-Hon '08
2006 Sorensen Fellow
Art Therapy Center
Johannesburg, South Africa

Read Naomi's 2006 Sorensen Fellow essay here.

naomiNaomi Safran-Hon was born in Oxford, England and grew up in Haifa, Israel. She came to Brandeis University to pursue her Bachelors of Arts in Studio Art. For her Sorensen Fellowship, Naomi traveled to Johannesburg, South Africa to work with children at the Art Therapy Center in the summer of 2006. She fondly remembers her Sorensen retreat in Sherborn, MA, her summer working with children at the Art Therapy Center, and her work documenting walls and fences of homes in a Johannesburg neighborhood.

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These photographs inspire her paintings, including one she worked on last year.

After Brandeis, Naomi pursued an MFA from Yale University. She attended Skowhegan in 2012 and Art Omi in 2016. She followed these experiences with solo exhibitions at at Slag Gallery, NYC, Brandt Gallery, Amsterdam, Holland and Marfa Contemporary, Marfa, TX and group shows at Haifa Museum of Art, The Brooklyn Museum, Marianne Boesky Gallery, P.P.O.W Gallery and Asya Geisberg Gallery as well as at NURTUREart and Momenta Art, Brooklyn. Safran-Hon visual work reflects on the way in which political reality effects the every day. She lives and works in Brooklyn,and is still very much interested in walls.