Artist Karlyn Atkinson Berg presents handcut collage paintings in this exhibit, “Nature Envisioned and the Real Transformed. “The project goal was not to give answers, but to explore the spirit of nature visually and evoke the emotions and mystery humans find there,” Berg said. “I hope these works also broaden the understanding of the collage medium, magical realism in literature and art, and present another way of seeing nature. The collage medium has an inherent ability to transform image fragments into ideas that shape a new portrayal of nature and human ideas. This collage series was inspired by the literary genre of magical realism. I have tried to include a quote or indicate the author who inspired the painting. My intent was not to illustrate the book or the story, but to give rise to images, colors and shapes that the spirit the story aroused.”
The exhibit is on display at the Lyric Center for the Arts in Virginia, whose mission is to provide artistic & educational opportunities for children and adults across the Iron Range while renovating the historic Lyric Building.