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Katerina Husar Lazarova


Diving into Zachary McInnis' Artistry

Prepare to journey into the captivating world of artistry as I introduce you to my friend and studio-mate. His name is Zachary McInnis, and he specializes in painting and sculpture. A remarkable young talent, Zachary McInnis uses his art to venture into the intricate labyrinths of identity, exploring the delicate dance between "otherness" and assimilation, Jewish heritage, and the often-contradictory aspect of American existence. His palette spans from natural tones, evoking a connection with nature, to bright and vibrant colors that represent a wide range of different cultures and modern urban life.

In his recent works, Zachary has placed significant emphasis on the hand as a central motif. The hand, an age-old symbol resonating from the times of our cave-dwelling ancestors, brims with profound significance. I have selected those that, in my opinion, harmonize with Zach's work, his role as an artist, and the context in which this symbol appears.

As a symbol, the hand signifies the transformation of potential into reality. Within this process, our hands become the tools through which we materialize our ideas, enabling us to reshape our current circumstances.

Moreover, hands symbolize both the act of giving and receiving, serving as a conduit for the exchange of energy that flows through our body and connecting us to other beings in the universe. They also remind us of the pivotal role of generosity, not only in our interactions with others but also in our self-care.

Zachary's art also delves into the nuanced meanings of hand positions. The hand placed over the heart conveys submission, relinquishing oneself, or surrendering to a force greater than us. Meanwhile, clasped hands evoke a visual representation of prayer and a deeper sense of unity and friendship, transcending cultural and linguistic boundaries.

Already in prehistoric times, our ancestors left traces on cave walls using hand symbols. Unlike modern people, who often rely on words to communicate, ancient people adopted hands as their original form of expression. Therefore, when this symbol finds its way into contemporary art, it serves as a powerful tribute to our timeless tradition of non-verbal communication, passed down through the ages.


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