Born in France and raised in Israel, Esther came to Canada in 1966 and soon after, her career as a sculptor commenced. She has exhibited in Montreal, Toronto, and New York; and her sculpture, “Reach for the Stars,” in memory of the Challenger disaster, is on permanent exhibit at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Her sculptures exude a raw, primeval energy evident in the male/female form, so prevalent in her works. Esther Topaz’s sculptures have a flow and sensuality, indulging the viewer in positive, uplifting sensations.
What advice would you give yourself if you could go back in time?
I would tell ME not to be afraid to speak my mind.
What has been the greatest shift in your career or life and how did you navigate through it?
I went to an Artist studio to buy a painting 48 years ago, on one of the tables where 5 Stone Sculptures on display, I immediately gravitated towards them and asked who has made them. He said, “My students – I teach stone sculpture.” It was love at first sight. (Not with him, but with the stone) I became his student and never looked back.
Who do you feel was integral to your success? How did their support (or criticism) influence you?
Stably Lewis was my next teacher and from him I received enormous knowledge and great encouragement.
What activity inspires and motivates you to be yourself and do what you love?
To fight COVID with creativity…
What are you up to right now that people should know about?
Finding many creative ways to always grow, enjoy life despite the challenges of this pandemic.