Sharon Epstein

email Ritual & Symbolism

Fiber artist Sharon Epstein was trained at the Glasgow School or Art in Scotland and attened the Banff Centre of Fine Arts in Alberta, Canada. Her artistic practice includes drawing, collage, screen-print, digital printing stitching and beading. Her practice focuses on the ritual and symbolism of Judaism and is supported by extensive research into Judaic liturgical textiles, illuminated manuscripts and Jewish culture. Influenced by her travels, and exporsure to various cultural tradionts, her work explores the colors, richness and layering found in Indian Textiles and traditional paper cuts.

Her printed and stiched textiles have been exhibited in Britain and North American and are included in the permanent collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, Skirball Museum in Los Andgeles and most recently the Yeshiva University Museum in New York, and the Morris and Sally Justein Museum at Baycrest Hospital, Toronto.

In her recent work she has become increasingly fascinated with everyday ceremonial objects used in Jewish places of worship. This interest has culminated in serval major commisions of synagogues in the United States and Canada, including the Darchei Noam Synagogue and the City of Shul in Toronto. The most recent projects are commissions for the Holy Blossom Temple and the Habonim congregation in Toronto, Canada.

Commission Process: Sharon Epstein has experience in developing commissions for varied environments. She has worked in tandem with architects, professional and volunteer committees to create works suitable for the needs of each individual congregation or organization.

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