The danger of bringing Dead to Life
Drawing is Zila Friedman's main tool. It is usually done on paper, drawing that moves between an unfettered line and a more rigid grid. In the present series of works, the drawings are done on a quadrangular wooden base that becomes three dimensional due to the layer of square Perspex connected to it, creating a dominant presence in space.
In this series, the artist is concerned with an ecological story that was created further to an article published in 1993 by Yosef Tamir, a former member of the Israeli Knesset (Parliament). It addressed the danger inherent in burying toxic industrial waste and radioactive materials in the depths of the earth and on the oceans' floor. The article was entitled "Bringing Dead to Life" of toxic waste, from which the name of the work is taken. "The danger of bringing Dead to Life" is a religious-spiritual concept that is linked to Friedman's personal world and has dual meaning: on the one hand, the joy of the coming of the Messiah and, on the other hand, the demographic fears associated with the population explosion. The artist translates the literal text into the language of drawing using pencil on plywood, coupled with a spatter of stone. The meandering line look that emerges is reminiscent of geological soil strata, an image that is bolstered by the brown color of the wood surface. The lines converge into small black enclaves, different in their quantity and position in each work. These "black holes" are a source of attraction, but perhaps also a source of a volcanic eruption indicated by the fragments of the spattered stone. A round aperture has been cut out on each plate of transparent Perspex, focusing one's observation on what is transpiring, similar to observing earth from outer space through a telescope.
The cluttered, rhythmic drawing that converges into a spot, while at the same time sprawling over the entire format, reads like an ecologic drawing in the physical expanse, but also like a handwriting sample that articulates mental movements, inner conflicts and the search for a path in the emotional-personal expanse.
Galit Landau, "Kav BaMerhav", Artists House, Tel-Aviv, 2006