ritual and symbolism
Fibre artist Sharon Epstein was trained at the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland, and has attended the Banff Centre of Fine Arts in Alberta, Canada. Her artistic practice includes collage, screen-printing and stitching techniques and, over the past few years, she has been doing research into Judaic liturgical textiles. Her recent work explores the ritual and symbolism of Judaism and is influenced by the colours, richness and layering of South Asian textiles. Her printed and stitched textiles have been exhibited in Britain and North America, and she has work in the permanent collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, England, and the Skirball Museum in Los Angeles. Over the past few years, Sharon has become increasingly fascinated with everyday ceremonial objects used in synagogues. This interest has culminated in several major commissions for synagogues in the United States and Canada, most recently for the newly constructed Congregation Darchei Noam Synagogue in Toronto, Canada.