A carefully curated selection of over thirty works on found paper from a collection of daily created sketches, studies, and paintings will be on exhibit this fall at Alison Milne Gallery.
In her drawings, Berning creates a subjective, critical and tender view of women, unraveling the vulnerability of femininity that is reflected on the surface of the media in the fashion and beauty industries.
Berning's figures are always gracefully depicted, yet their beauty usually remains imperfect. Streaks of colour lie like shadows over the delicate silhouettes, bodies come hurtling down and smudge-like blots cover the form.
These elegant women usually found on glossy magazines instead appear on yellowed, torn or scrap paper. Berning rescues text books, separator sheets, ledger paper and old record sleeves from flea markets and estate sales to render visible the traces of aging, transience or death.