Cordia Sawdayee Ezekiel and
her Journey through Judaic Art …

 

Cordia was born into a Sephardic Jewish family in Bagdad Iraq, a country rich in Jewish history and traditions. From a young age, Cordia developed a deep connection to her roots and her Sephardic heritage, with a profound passion for historical Jewish artefacts and biblical art. As a member of an artistic family deeply connected to their roots and traditions, Cordia grew up surrounded by all forms of art and religious symbols, rituals and customs passed down through generations.

In the late 1960’s, Cordia’s family, like many Iraqi Jews at the time, made the brave decision to leave their homeland and emigrate abroad, spending time in the USA and Israel, finally settling in the UK in the early 80’s.

The years growing up as a teenager in Israel, greatly influenced Cordia’s artistic journey, allowing her to fully embrace the vibrancy and colours of Israeli life and culture. Her passion for old biblical stories awakened a strong love for the old city of Jerusalem, it’s buildings and the magic it evokes within. Her fascination with the Wailing wall and the sacred tradition of prayer would inspire many of her paintings. Cordia’s unique creations celebrate the beauty of Jewish festivals and traditions in together with paintings depicting stories from the old testament. evoking a spiritual connection with her audience.

Cordia’s artistic talent lies in the unique blend of strong vibrant colours, using a variety of textures, paint mediums and the application of gold, copper and silver leaf. Her paintings come alive with vivid hues, capturing the essence of Jewish life and spiritual symbolism. Through her each of her pieces, Cordia tells a story, inviting the audience into a world where faith, art, and spirituality intertwine.

“I found I could say things with colour and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.”

Georgia O’Keeffe

Cordia Ezekiel

ARTIST STATEMENT

Imagine how you would feel if every time you looked through your window, or walked down a narrow path or even when you visit an old city, your imagination completely took over? You start to see the Kotel engraved into the buildings round you, the narrow paths turn into the narrow streets of Jerusalem and even the people around you, are suddenly transformed into Judaic figures, praying, walking, dancing in the golden glow shining from above….

When I paint, I feel as though I am transported to a spiritual world where stories are told in vibrant colours and textures, gold leaf and copper intertwined with every brush stroke, a spiritual dialogue with my viewer. My canvas turns into a blank page where the stories from my imagination come to life, inviting my viewers to a journey beyond the surface, to explore the textures and layers of meaning, woven into each one of my paintings.

Jerusalem, with its timeless allure holds a very special place in my heart. The Wailing Wall is my emblem of resilience and spiritual comfort. When I paint the Kotel, I feel a profound feeling of closeness and a connection to my roots, serving as a poignant link to the traditions of my past. Its physical presence in many of my painting and the emotional weight it carries, elevates my spirit and inspires me to create works of art which celebrate the beauty found in the divine tapestry of life.

When creating each unique piece of my art, I love to experiment with different textures and surfaces, using mediums such as oil, acrylic, watercolour, alcohol ink and mixed media. I work on canvas, wood, metal and Perspex celebrating the different effects of the various mediums on each surface. My paintings are a kaleidoscope of bright vivid and vibrant colours infused with shades of gold, silver and copper. I love to create tangible art with depth for a 2D and 3D effect using heavy texture and layers, thereby inviting the viewer to touch and feel my art. Finally, to add that special magic, comes a sprinkling of gold leaf, copper foil and glass crystals.

Through my art, I invite you to share my special journey and experience emotions through colour, imagination, beauty, passion and spirituality.