SOLO

exhibition

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Sherez

ZaHaVa

UNITED STATES

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“Each sculpture is both, no one and everyone – and exemplifies my message that we are, in fact, All One.”

ZaHaVa Sherez comes from a long lineage of immigrants and refugees who fled continents for survival. In her blood she carries pieces of many cultures: their languages, foods, humor, and stories in Russian, Yiddish, Spanish, Quechua, Hebrew, Arabic, and English. While the cultures she has been exposed to taught her the magnificent differences between them, the most important thing she learned is how profoundly alike we, humans, are.

This piece is from the series InBodied Light.
These sculptures are about the human race and the energy that connects us all as one.
I peel away any aspects that would invite stereotyping by shaping human bodies into stylized abstracted beings faceless and genderless, this way each piece is no one and everyone as We Are One. By creating a highly texturized surface light bounces off the surface and at the same time travels through each sculpture creating glowing beings.

While she knows her story is uniquely hers, she also knows that it is an amalgam of the collective. The energy field that unites all affects us as one. We are much more than meets the eye. It is on these truths that she focuses in her art.

We The Light #2, detail a

Mixed Media

$15000

This piece is from the series InBodied Light.
These sculptures are about the human race and the energy that connects us all as one.
I peel away any aspects that would invite stereotyping by shaping human bodies into stylized abstracted beings faceless and genderless, this way each piece is no one and everyone as We Are One. By creating a highly texturized surface light bounces off the surface and at the same time travels through each sculpture creating glowing beings.

While the idea itself dictates the materials she uses, e.g., to emphasize the concept that we are flesh, bones, and beyond, she uses bronze to represent the solidity of the body, combined with highly texturized and reflective resin polymer to represent the light and energy bodies.

“The sculptures I’m making are loosely figurative, faceless and ageless, allowing them to resonate with all of humanity.”

Trained as a figurative/realistic sculptor, she created her first bronze in 1993, a sculpture called “Flower Arrangement” from her series, “I Am So Many!” This sculpture was the gate opener for this ongoing journey she has been on - using her art to raise consciousness about ‘the other’, the immigrant, and the refugee.

“The backstory behind my work is as important as the art itself, as I strive to depict a narrative on humanity.”

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In 2017/18 ZaHaVa moved from focusing on ‘the other’ to addressing all of humanity as one race thus becoming a strong voice in the call for equity, equality and justice for all with her project “InBodied Light”.