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Self-Portrait (Grief) #6
oil on board, 22 x 22", 1992

One of the series of fifteen "Self-Portraits (Grief)"
"As public as they are, these portraits cannot communicate Berman's grief...The paintings become, instead, subjectively motivated objects, separate from the person who made them. No longer simply an individual, Berman becomes the representation of emotional states. As such, the paintings touch us deeply, invite us into that world of grief and help us to imagine the pain. These paintings achieve a level on which their sensuality, emotion and intellect are miraculously matched. They ask important questions: is grief more real when it's projected or when it's hidden? Is it more easily purged by exposing it or by holding it private?" -- Elizabeth McBride, Review, Museum and Arts Magazine, March, 1993.

 

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