Liora Kaplan, known by the moniker Vanilla Royal, is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Tel Aviv. Using sculpture, painting and video, her work juxtaposes the anxiety of the everyday with the repetitive patterns of ancient historical and religious mythology. Drawing from years of work as a spiritual healer, and in contrast, in the grey zones of commercial industry, her work attempts to relieve objects of their original meaning and to re-charge them with colour, movement, texture and cultural cross-referencing to provoke a past-present-future continuum.
Liora Kaplan began working under Vanilla Royal in 2007 as a way to work exclusively and anonymously online, and became one of the first entirely online artists in Israel. The name was used as a way to form a space between the physical and online realms she was inhabiting. In a meditation on time and physicality, the online artworks have since found their way out of the digital space and into physical form now displayed in galleries, private collections and public spaces.