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oil on board, 12 x 12", 2002
“Behind Berman’s workday order of kitchen labor and food is an eroticism that manifests itself not only in the caressing of objects, the points at which they touch and graze each other, but more importantly, in her disruption of the world of mundane objects, in her making provisional all identities. Accordingly, Berman’s still lifes have an elegiac quality. The visceral, cut-open fig may suggest the theatrical nature of relationships, the cruelty and selfishness of the human heart, the inevitable blurring of love and pain…Berman’s paintings remind us that the processes of birth, growth, maturity, decay and death are part of the terms of an organic life cycle.” --Susie Kalil, essay for Double Take exhibition catalogue, 2001.