ZAHAVA SHEREZ | ARTIST IN RESIDENCY

Zahava Sherez

Artist’s Statement | I was born into a historically persecuted people. I have experienced immigrations, wars, oppression, loss and lived in four countries. While the cultures I have been exposed to taught me the magnificent differences between them, the most important thing I learned is how profoundly alike we are. Scientists, psychologist, cardiologists, hospice caretakers, clergymen/women, Joseph Campbell, channeled information, fractals, kabbalah, and my personal and ancestral experiences have been my teachers, showing me that there is an energetic field that connects all and everything. To translate these ideas and emotions into art using shapes and colors requires guidance – I find it in my meditations. The idea itself dictates the materials I use, e.g. to emphasize the energy that we are beyond flesh and bones, I use bronze to represent the solidity of the body, combined with highly texturized and reflective resin polymer. While I know my story is uniquely mine, I also know that it is an amalgam of the collective, another point in a fractal geometric pattern; the energy field that unites all affects us as one. We are much more than meets the eye. It is on these truths that I focus in my art.

Artist’s Bio | Sherez’s art is about the essence of the human journey as experienced by the individual and the collective. Having lived on four continents, and a direct descendent of generations of immigrants and refugees, Zahava embraces all cultures, traditions and the highest level of spirituality. Her experiences have taught her that humanity is all one. Her influences are many but include Brancusi, Isamu Noguchi, Eva Hesse, Rumi and The Guides. Zahava’s work appears in private and corporate collections in the U.S, Israel, The Netherlands, Australia, Corsica, Argentina, Puerto Rico, and Mexico. She is the recipient of numerous awards and has shown her work from California to New York in such venues as: The Discovery Museum, CT; Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, NY; The American Artists Professional League, Salmagundi Club, NY; SculptureSite Gallery, CA; St. Mary’s College Museum of Art, CA, and many more. Internationally, she has exhibited in Paris and Corsica. Born in Argentina, Zahava grew up in Israel, lived on both coasts of the US. She now has studios in Oakland, CA and Chapala, MX. Zahava is tri-lingual.