Sharon Brunsher Rose of Jericho

The Rose of Jericho has earned its moniker “the resurrection plant” thanks to its ability to come back to life time and time again. This is also true of the Roses of Jericho in Sharon Brunsher’s new exhibition by this name. Looking at them, they appear dry and lifeless. But if you were to put them in water, they would open, double in size, and even grow small flowers. The rose and its story are the inspiration for the exhibition.

Sharon Brunsher was born in 1972 in Ramat Gan. She studied at the Industrial Design Program of the Design and Architecture Workshop.

Brunsher’s journey in the design and art world started in 2005 and continues to this day with her eponymous design company, which is sold in Israel and worldwide. At the same time, Brunsher also engages in artistic consulting, design, and creative for clients in the fields of branding, product design, and interior design.

In her years of activity, Brunsher has always incorporated different disciplines, merging them with harmony and coherence. She creates from a place of passion on the one hand and research on the other hand: manipulating various materials, playing tricks, and engaging in a dialogue with them using lab-like methods that produce fascinating and powerful outcomes.

Over the years, her practice focused on the material-body relationship, while shying away from trends. In this exhibition too, she unfolds a story about the material and its relationship with the viewer and the space. Brunsher creates tension between the conflicting properties of each material: stone versus paper, wood versus a photograph, clay versus writing. The concurrent use of diverse materials lends itself to intriguing and versatile combinations and underscores the distinctive properties of each. Thematically too, Brunsher poses many dichotomies in the exhibition, between presence and absence, the transient and the eternal, fragments and whole, weight and levitation. She puts to the test the temporal dimension and its impact on different bodies.

In the current exhibition at Zemack Contemporary Art, Brunsher created a captivating world where she presents her works alongside other artists, and with that offers a new collaborative model.  She conflates the different lanes of her practice, which spans many years, into one, a current narrative that draws inspiration from all the creative disciplines with which she has worked over the years.