וילך | Vayeilech
Chani Cohen Zada, Israel
The motif of the omnipresence of God fascinates me and occupies my thoughts. To express the notion of a hidden but omnipresent God, I chose to observe the sacred and the mundane that reside in the same moment, using a shopping mall and its underlying meaning as symbolic metaphors. The shopping mall symbolizes the materialism that is part of modern society’s daily existence. The darkened windows reflect to the people in the mall their materialistic presence, while simultaneously illuminating the Divine presence. In this milieu, force of will is required to open one’s mind to what is happening beyond the walls of the mall and its materialism. It is a conscious choice to open toward the Divine presence.
Professional Background Chani Cohen Zada lives and works in Talmon, Israel. She is a graduate of HaTahana Figurative Art School Master Class, Tel Aviv. Zada has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions including Hayek Center for Contemporary Art in Jaffa, the Wolfson Museum of Jewish Art and HaGalleria HaAheret in Jerusalem.