Gersht’s idea is to question how real life—thorns and all, so to speak—can be translated through painting and photography. To that end, he employs a highly original and complex technique. First, he recreates one of Brueghel’s floral arrangements using silk flowers, and places the replica in front of a mirror. Then, he administers electrical charges to the mirror, prompting an explosion of glass shards. With large-format digital cameras, Gersht photographs the event and captures the scene from two different angles: one camera focuses on the surface of the mirror, the other is set farther away to focus on the vase of flowers reflected in the mirror.