The Holocaust Series
Dvora’s parents were survivors of labor and extermination camps. “My father lost his wife, three sons, parents and other family members. He started a new family with my mother – but he died at a young age. His heart could not cope with it all. My mother, 92 at present, also lost a large number of family members, and was, and still is, the dominant personality in our family until today.”
Dvora’s parents and family accompany the artist and her paintings in a candid and concealed manner: in objects, in events, in feelings, in emotions and in metaphoric explanations that are specifically expressed in the Holocaust series.
The artist is a second-generation Holocaust survivor and, as such, Dvora feels that she must live up to the monumental dimensions of such a title:
“It was forbidden to talk about the Holocaust at home. It was taboo. Not to be mentioned. That is why I don’t know many details about the Valley of Death.
I did not feel the pain on my own flesh, but I grew upon amongst the sufferers, the tormented, the yearners, who tried to show vitality and liveliness. Even though one cannot convey the terrible atrocities that such people suffered on their bodies and in their souls with paint and shapes, the images and events are portrayed in an abstract and symbolic, but real, manner.
I portrayed my father and his children in some of my paintings, from the perspective of a mother, and today a grandmother, and from a deep understanding of the pain and sorrow, hidden in such a difficult loss.
I have dedicated memories of my mother, the amazing woman, the survivor, who believes in all her heart and soul, the strong and the persistent, through the number that is embedded in her arm – A-127538.
The pain and difficulty that were an integral part of Dvora’s parents’ lives as Holocaust survivors echo throughout all her paintings.
In 2014 the "Yad Vashem" Musueum added her painting Lena (Leah), giving expression to Dvora’s mother, the Holocaust survivor, to their collection.
Dvora Zelichov’s paintings have been displayed at various exhibitions since 1996.
Dresses and More
Devora participated in a group exhibition of dresses at the Green House Gallery, Tel Aviv
ART WORKS International Art Show Munich
Dvora participated in a group exhibition, Munich, Germany | 2014 – 2015
Dvora participated in a group exhibition on Marriage and Couples at the Gebo Gallery, Tel Aviv
An Individual’s Prayer
Exhibition at Beit Immanuel
Moments in My Life
Exhibition at the Amalia Arbel Gallery
Exhibition at the WZO House
Exhibition at Bank Leumi (works on the Holocaust)
Exhibition at Bank Hapoalim (promoting donations for research of AIDS)
Exhibition of art collectors (Los Angeles)