Introducing Sharon Brill

07 June 2014

Introducing Sharon Brill

Artist Sharon Brill has made porcelain her substance of predilection. The bare and perfectly smooth surface of her sculptures draws us into a constant to-ing and fro-ing between interior and exterior, visible and hidden, right up to an echo of our own interior world.

Reef (2013), Sharon Brill. Wheel thrown porcelain, 15 cm × 30 cm × 29 cm.

Sharon Brill's sculptures convey an apparent intriguing and fascinating contradiction: their turbulent forms translate a spontaneity of the gesture, an intuitiveness that seems to contradict the smoothness of the surfaces and the harmony of the volumes. As if these pieces were both the fruit of an unleashed energy and of a work subject to the requirements of an unyielding aesthetic quest.

This is indeed the way the artist works: initially giving carte blanche to her creativity, before applying a critical eye and engaging in a meticulous labour of trim and finish.

Sharon Brill has lived by the sea all her life and naturally it is from this universe that she gets her inspiration: from the water's surface or from the shapes designed by the wind on the sand, in the textures and colours of the shells or chunks of reef dumped by the tide, in the foam deposited by the waves… this repertoire forms the basis of the astonishing abstract sculptures that she creates which, for the most part, fit into the palm of one or both hands: so one is able to study them from every angle and feel the sensuality of their naked surface.

This turbulent surface entices us to delve into the creases and recesses of the porcelain, from the outside in, from the visible to that which remains hidden. A state of introspection meets the observer and the sculpture is transformed into a white screen onto which images of our own interior world are projected.


Below, photos of Sharon Brill's workshop in Atlit (Israel)






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