While in the Israeli army, Efrat Klipshtien provided nature tours at various sites in the mountains. After her service, she began to implement more non-conventional tour tactics into her art practice as a performance artist. Drawing on her experiences as a guide, Klipshtien explores the dynamics of the viewers relationship with public spaces, objects, and positions of power. Through subtle feminist-political delivery, Klipshtien engages audiences through a versatile range of media.
She writes in her statement, "For me, the spectator is part of the journey, and his experience within the installation consciously includes the distance he passes in the installation and the distance between him and the art work, while visible and hidden temptations take the experience to the extreme."
Efrat Klipshtien was born in Israel in 1971. She received her BA in Geography and Psychology from Ben Gurion University of the Negev in 1995 and her MSc in Industrial Design from the Israel Institute of Technology in 2001. During that time she also studied Art Studies at the Hamidrasha School of Art at Beit Berl Academic College from 1998 – 2003. Klipshtien has exhibited extensively throughout Israel. Her solo exhibitions have been featured at Tmuna Theatre Gallery, Tel Aviv; Janco Dada Museum, Ein Hod; Noga Gallery of Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv; Haifa Museum of Art, Haifa; Spaces Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio; and Museum of Art, Ein Harod. She has also participated in numerous group exhibtions around the world.
From 2007-2008 she was an Instructor of a sculpture workshop for the Department of Industrial Design at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem and from 2013-2014 she taught sculpture for the Department of Multidisciplinary Art at Shenkar College of Engineering and Design in Ramat Gan.
From 1998-2002 she received an Excellence Grant and The Gerhard and Gertrude Karplus Memorial Prize Fund from Israel Institute of Technology. Klipshtien has also been awarded Excellence Award from the Hamidrasha School of Art at Beit Berl Academic College, The Oded Messer Young Artist Award from Janco-Dada Museum, Young Artist Award, Ministry of Culture Prizes in Art and Design and in 2009 was the Spaces Gallery SWAP artist-in-residence. Her artwork is included in the collections of The Israel Museum, the Jerusalem Museum of Art, the Janco-Dada Museum and several private collections. In 2014 she began working on a documentary film, titled Spinturn.
My artistic work is inspired by my other passions, Aikido training, ballroom dancing, wave surfing and graphic design as well as guiding tours at the Safari – the Zoological in Tel Aviv and Ramat Gan.