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Every Monday and Friday we take you behind the scenes to the people, places and things that inspire us. This week we introduce you to artist Sharon Berebichez.
As a design company, we are obsessed with color (see below photo) and naturally gravitate to people who use color. On our online store, where we sell barware, lighting & home accessories, we know the importance of bringing colour into your home and how it resonates and radiates life.
When we moved from NYC to Miami our dear friend Monica Nishi, a Miami “It Girl”, introduced us to artist Sharon Berebichez. Let us not get hung up on her last name “a la “ Buttigieg LOL…
Sharon hails from Mexico City and reminisces about her father taking her to Coyoacan, a Mexican town where artist and inspiration Frida Kahlo is from. She saw houses painted in every color imaginable which infused her soul to be attracted to color combined with her mother's native country of Guatemala and all their colorful embroidery.
Years later, moving to Miami from Mexico City she would be invited to people’s homes where the recurring decorative theme was dead coral being used as in home décor since Miami is a beach town and lends itself to coastal décor.
Sharon's mind was working overtime to come up with alternative and equally beautiful solution. Taking her 3 daughters to the beach their beach frolic turned into beach clean-up. Picking up trash and plastic constantly. Becoming so aware of the environment and the dying coral reefs Sharon went into her studio and started creating.
She created a collection of colorful sculptures named “Organic Collection”. Organic is made from a polyurethane material, semiprecious stones, fabric and a myriad of sequins and pins echoing the brilliant coral of our oceans bring into people’s homes while giving them an alternative to taking our precious corals out of the sea.
As Oprah says "Attention Goes Where Energy Flows". Sharon has a myriad of work ranging from her "Chairs" to Portraits", however, it is her Organic sculpture series that has resonated the most with everyone so much so that former Art & Collection Manager for The Frost Science Museum , Kevin Arrow (now Exhibitions and Project Manager at Museum of Contemporary Art ) swiped across Sharon's work where else but on Instagram.
Arrow immediately gravitated toward sharon's Organic sculptures and tapped her to be the artist to collaborate on their Bioluminescence Exhibition. Kevin's ingenious idea of having Sharon create all her sculptures to glow in the dark proved to be the complementary match to highlight the museums bringing awareness to the magic coral in our oceans.
Dr. Rivah Winter, marine biologist and curator at Miami’s Frost Museum of Science, describes “Creatures of Light” as a family-friendly bioluminescent immersion with “larger-than-life-sized, biologically accurate models and interactive experiences that make the unfamiliar spectacular.”
This was on view through April 21, the exhibit showcases bioluminescent mushrooms, glowworm caves, live flashlight fish, and Sharon Berebichez’s glowing marine sculptures, all accompanied by an original symphony soundtrack.
Bioluminescence involves chemical reactions within the organisms’ body parts that produce light. It is rare in creatures that inhabit the land, and much more common in the water. The deeper they get, the more they shine. Ninety percent of those who live 700 meters under the sea emit light for a variety of biological imperatives: to attract a mate, lure unsuspecting prey, or defend against a predator.
On view until early next year, the display situated in a dimly lit room explores the various species of organisms in nature that emit light from within. The exhibit takes guests on a journey through various recreated settings from forests to oceans, where these entities live, and it sheds light on the magical natural phenomenon. But of course with scientific innovations, the occurrence isn’t much of a mystery anymore.
I was so obsessed with Sharon's work we have chosen her as the next artist to highlight for our Thomas Fuchs Tavolo Dinner Series. At Christmas December 2019, as recent Florida residents, I had an idea..... instead of hanging a standard Xmas Wreath on our front door I asked Sharon to custom make one in the colors of our 2020 Melamine Collection.
There is nothing like have a custom theme Xmas Wreath made by your favourite artist. We highly recommend you get in touch with Sharon and have her make one for you or do pick up a coral sculpture and place on your wall or coffee table as it will start so many conversations.
Keep on the lookout for our next Tavolo Dinner Series hopefully in March 2021 showcasing Sharon's work.
Until the next TFC Tavolo Dinner series post corona apocalypse we invited you in to dream and maybe pick up a piece of your favorite sculpture (raging in price from $500 - $5000) and log on to our site and peruse our Melamine Collection available in 5 bright happy colors.
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