Rita Bernstein




The Visit Transient Transgression Surrogate Summer Sleeping Porch Graduation Facade Aftermath Departure Charmaine Expecting Ghost of Summer Alice Day Bed Bathers Awaiting Mathew Party Hat Blackbird Witness

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artist's statement

My pictures suggest an ambiguous narrative, fraught with psychological and physical mystery. They typically offer a glimpse into an intimate and enigmatic moment, although the formal elements of space and light are as important to me as the figure and the story. I am interested only minimally in information, as too much detail seems to interfere with the feeling I am after.

I chose a process and materials that were sympathetic to my intentions and my ideas. By brushing silver emulsion onto handmade paper, I am able to achieve a result that is tactile and sculptural. In both my images and my prints, I am courting the imperfect, the messy, the raw, and the vulnerable. The fragility of the paper and the unique blemishes and characteristics of the pictures reflect the flawed beauty and the humanity of my subjects.

All images are hand applied silver emulsion on Japanese gampi paper in editions of fifteen in either 7" x 7" or 10" x 10" formats.


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Images © Rita Bernstein