A Chupa is the Jewish traditional wedding canopy, usually of ornamented silk, satin or velvet, supported by four poles. This roof like covering or shelter is a vestige of the tent life of ancient Israel.
The canopy of â€œChupaâ€ is a rubbing techniques of lifting a design from a preformed carved surface, usually a funerary monument. The rubbing surface of â€œChupaâ€ is an original work by the artist titled â€œ4444â€. That work is comprised of 81 cast cement tiles forming a relief map of the railroad tracks to the extermination camps in Central Europe during World War II.
Viewer object-orientation, the concept of â€œplaceâ€, cultural commentary and materials are important elements informing my work as an artist. In â€œChupaâ€, the viewer is encouraged to lie down on the blanket under the canopy, thereby becoming an active participant and an integral element in the art. Also, I select materials and process that relate to the tectonics, the structural language of a theme, to further enhance the connotation of the work.