לך לך | LEch L'cha

Edna miron wapner, canada/israel

My contribution, לך לכי / Lechi Lach — the grammatically and spiritually feminine restructuring of this imperative — is my own artistic exploration of heshbon nefesh, a spiritual accounting, and my response to a spiritual call. My personal version is to go (in)to myself, to Israel, and I shall be blessed.

            I experienced a spiritual call to leave my life in Canada and to live in Jerusalem. It was a deep knowing unlike anything I had ever experienced before.  There was nothing rational about this revelation, no plans nor questions. I was responding to a still inner voice, like the voice that spoke to Avraham telling him “Go forth from your land, your birthplace….”

 

Sumi Ink, gold leaf on parchment, 2015

Professional Background Edna Miron Wapner was born in Israel in 1948 and brought up and educated in Montreal, Quebec.  In 1977, she returned to her family’s Israeli roots and settled in Jerusalem. As an artist specializing in printmaking, Sumi-e painting, calligraphy, and papermaking, she has exhibited her work in museums and galleries in the United States, Israel, Russia, and Japan.