Laura Berger’s introspective oil paintings convey transformation and protection through intertwined bodies

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September 8, 2022

Grace Ebert

“Chrysalis” (2022), oil on canvas, 40 x 54 inches.

In Chrysalisartist Laura Berger encapsulates the raw emotional energy of transformation in a soft, subdued color palette of blues and pinks. The personal exhibition on view now at Projects by Stephanie Chefas presents a collection of oil paintings centered on intertwined figures, their bodies protected by each other and their limbs sometimes positioned like shields.

Compared to Berger’s earlier paintings, this body of work diverges in opacity, with appendages and translucent torsos emerging through other figures. Moonlight or a transparent veil similarly covers some of the subjects as they gather in compact groups. The artist describes the works:

I’m interested in painting as a way to explore what it means to be human, what it means to be alive in this time and connected to each other – all with our own stories, stories – but sharing our collective humanity and our connections with what has gone before us and what will come next. I first started painting as a therapeutic practice, and this continues to be the foundation of my work: using color as a centered healing tool and a way to sit with different combined energies; use narrative exploration and composition as a way to work through various experiences or memories.

If you are in Portland you can see Chrysalis until September 24. Otherwise, find Berger on instagramand find available prints in his shop.

“Housing” (2022), oil on canvas, 34 x 26 inches.

“Sheath” (2022), oil on canvas, 44 x 32 inches.

“The Rose Veil” (2022), oil on canvas, 40 x 52 inches.

“A Fleeting Touch 2” (2022), oil on canvas, 11 x 14 inches.

“Portrait of a Dissolving Woman” (2022), oil on canvas, 40 x 24 inches.

“Fresh” (2022), oil on canvas, 40 x 34 inches.

“A Fleeting Touch 1” (2022), oil on canvas, 11 x 14 inches.

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