“All good art involves meaning and mystery, while composition, medium and technique are secondary considerations, there in a supportive role.”
Rissa Berlin is primarily an emotive artist whose love for nature is expressed in beautiful renditions of birds, horses and Koi contained within an illusory world of ordered and abstracted environments. Berlin’s work aims at the essence of a creature rather than a photorealistic portrayal. Her subjects are primarily individual creatures or pairs. Where there are flocks, portrayal is suggestive and ethereal. The ethereal nature is also brought to the individual, since all creatures are a mystery, with the possible exception of our canine friends.
A bird flies over farmland that is segmented into rectangles and intersected by roads, each form with a different color based on what is grown within it. Diagonals appear like trails of flight across a plane;
She gives her subjects vulnerability, translucence and spirit; a bit dissonant from the abstracted and ordered atmospheric space they find themselves in. The spatial qualities of her environments often evoke windows to alternate realities where colors fields occur within spheres, rectangles and diagonal lines. The spheres have a ghostly, planetary quality. Diagonals appear like trails of flight across a plane; flight that is not chaotic and whimsical like that of a bird, but straight and directed like something of human or divine origin. Rectangles suggest the human influence, with which the creatures continually must interact. There is poetry in this juxtaposition of the natural and the humanly ordered.
I am fascinated that when migratory birds have to travel from north to south or vice versa, they align themselves with the magnetic field lines and travel to their location. Solar and Lunar circles are part of this reality... The spatial qualities of her environments often evoke windows to alternate realities where color fields occur within spheres, rectangles and diagonal lines. The spheres have a ghostly, planetary quality.
In the background of meaning, Rissa’s preoccupations are classic; She pursues the True, the Good and the Beautiful. There is no cynicism or deliberate ugliness revealing pathologies of human behavior. We know that all too well. And yet, there is no artificial prettifying of life; no extravagant decorativeness. There is the serenity of the real, insofar as we can capture it.
“In a series of paintings, Rissa Berlin pursues the chosen themes of Movement, Order and Spirit.”
In paintings, meaning is different than in the written word, which directly describes insights and observations. The painted image cannot be so clear in its intentions. It can attract by beauty and by engaging the viewer as well as the artist in discovering its mysteries.
“Birds and wildlife represent freedom, movement and balance and the natural richness of creation.”