How many of your neighbours have you made the effort to meet?

How many of your neighbours have you made the effort to meet?

Emily Chudnovsky

My piece, entitled “Tzi-See” is a gentle armour that seeks unity and empathy between people. It is my interpretation of a modern chainmail, made of wire and industrial synthetic thread hand woven on a weaving loom. "Tzi-See" is displayed in the center of the room; an opportunity for multiple viewers to stand on either side of its translucent strands, potentially facing each other. I am culturally Jewish and religious practice is not part of my life. However, values of humanism, social justice, and universalism were of utmost importance growing up. Caring for humanity in all of its forms is what I believe we must strive for. “Tzi-See” refers to the Jewish prayer shawl called a tallit with knotted tzittzit strands that Orthodox Jewish men and women wear under their clothes to remind them of god. I have altered the name and re-imagined the concept to include all people. I use the word “See” to ask that we look at the rest of the world around us, in all of its pain and joy. I believe that taking the time to see and listen to each other will move us away from consumption of material goods and towards self-transcendence and universalism.

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