ELSA ERS BROSH
Turkish-Israeli artist Elsa Ers Brosh attempts to deconstruct the Middle Eastern female identity through the viewpoint of women. Inspired by textile design and its historical significance to female artists, Brosh produces paintings and collages which explore gender identity in a specific geopolitical context.
Each painting is a love letter to the female form, with seamless transitions between representation, figuration, and abstraction. Yet the female figure, a recurrent subject matter for Brosh, is taken out of context, cropped out, and closed in – a reference to the condition of women in Middle Eastern countries. In an act of reclamation, Brosh prefers so-called feminine color palette: pink, purple etc. These colors are applied on the canvas in traditional techniques inspired by the Dutch Renaissance painters. The result is a disquietening feminine presence, bold yet soft, with a sense of darkness peaking from beneath the surface.
Her works have been exhibited in Israel and Europe.