Unexplained phenomena, artificial light, and the relationship of painting to social change are subjects that are central in Sharona Eliassaf’s work. She approaches a painting as if it were a performance in a dysfunctional theatrical play. As if producing for a film set, she builds up moments by choreographing values of light and dark, by creating tensions, and by reconfiguring what looks familiar to appear new or strange.
Her works continually try to define the indistinct space between abstraction and figurative. She weaves cryptic narratives for the viewer to decode, by manipulating her own version of the sublime to create a stage-like space.
Eliassaf’s source material comes from personal experiences, as well as ideas and images from newspapers, television, and overheard conversations. She is drawn to dual and alternate realities—such as mysterious relationships that form in nature, or the deepest fears that dwell behind everyday life. “I clip images from my experiences and the media, and strip them of their stories, allowing me to draw from disparate sources and destabilize absolute meaning in my paintings.”