Photographer and artist Rita Bernstein recently held a lecture and reception for pieces of her art at the Rose Lehrman Gallery, in Harrisburg, PA.
I began to make art in earnest after leaving a rewarding career as a civil rights lawyer. I had, at that time, two young children to whom I was tethered and, in my first body of work, I explored the sorrows as well as the sweetness of family life, and the ambivalence that shadows intimate relationships. My subjects were often young people, though it was never my intention to examine childhood specifically. Rather, I was interested more broadly in the complexities of the human psyche and I found the uninhibited behavior of children to be a rich source of clues to the personal and social dramas with which we also struggle as adults.
As I continued as an artist, I was increasingly inspired by materials and process and I began to make mixed media works on handmade paper. These works are less representational than my several earlier series, but they share a similar undertow of tension and mystery, and a preoccupation with the imperfect, the messy, the raw, and the vulnerable.
I live and work in Philadelphia and New York, and spend my summers at a family cottage in rural northern Pennsylvania.
For fans of Bernstein’s work, the gallery will have works on display until April 1st, 2016
For More Information: Rose Lehrman Gallery