The “Broken Paintings” are inspired by Lahav’s 2014 marriage in Iceland. On the black beach Reynisfjara, around the corner of a giant cliff where you must sprint to beat the incoming tide, is a black cathedral like cave. It’s large broken geometric cracks and crags remind one of an onyx version of superman’s ice palace. That is where the artist proposed to his wife. On the one side lay a dark beautiful geometric cave, and on the other raged the wild Icelandic ocean.
In these paintings the artist juxtaposes geometric and painterly brushwork. Blurry lines that look like clouds are countered by deep dark washes. Each painting is unified with a golden “crack” that references Kintsugi, the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquered gold dust. This traditional pottery repair attempts to find beauty in loss. Similarly, the golden cracks in Lahav’s paintings both point to geological and atmospheric disturbances and make a higher commentary on the broken state of the paintings themselves, trying to create a higher sense of beauty.