Half/Dozen is pleased to present Arteries by Lisa Berry. This series of photographs is quiet and contemplative while exploring ideas of unseen and internal forces of development. Loosely based around the writings of Rainer Maria Rilke, the work’s somber tone is simultaneously one of self-reflection and self-progress.
Lisa Berry was born in Indiana in 1982. She received a BFA in photography from the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI in 2004. She moved to Bloomington, Indiana in 2008 where she continues to make pictures. She is currently the curator of photography at Pictura Gallery.
I awoke this year, without warning, into a season of transforming internal velocity, thrust into the progress that channels a person from a place of pain into maturity. There were days when nothing could reach me but the trees, and their absorption of my weight and offering of regenerative oxygen became a tangible exchange. Rilke often references the life-blood of the trees in his poems, one of the capital forces of nature, but one whose movements are slow and internal, and in many ways unseen.
The visual has shed one layer of its secrecy, and to my eyes there exist pregnant signs and even a kind of empathy in the landscape. Largely by walking in nature and sitting quietly in solitude in the midst of pain, I began to see landscapes as hidden physiological processes. Photographically, I find myself looking at canals, conduits, and passages with new significance.
The human soul is tenanted by invisible labors. They are paralleled in our own physical beings and burgeoning in the undercurrents of the world around us.
BFA, Photography, Rhode Island School of Design, 2004
2009 This Close That Far, Half/Dozen Gallery, Portland, OR
2007 New Work, Hosmer Gallery, Northampton MA
2004 In Communion, Red Eye Gallery, Providence RI
Selected Group Shows
2011 Keep ‘em Coming: A Gallery Group Show, Half/Dozen Gallery, Portland, OR
2010 FOG: A Spring Group Show, Half/Dozen Gallery, Portland, OR
2009 Art Club, Half/Dozen Gallery, Portland, OR
2008 Winter Exhibition, Pictura Gallery, Bloomington IN
2008 NSAL, Rosemary P. Miller Gallery, Bloomington IN
2006 The Mountain and the Garden, A.P.E. Northampton MA
2004 Photography Biennial, Woods-Gerry, Providence RI