April 8 th 2011

Graphite and charcoal on paper
51" x 105"

I make work that evokes a sense of anxiety within the landscape. The cold abandoned empty pool image functions as a metaphor for containment, control of the landscape, and the void, both in a material and psychological sense. The image is about the emptiness, the space between the viewer and the far landscape, the void between the place where one stands and the edge of the chasm. The imagery and the scale provoke a sense of deadness and emptiness, as well as enclosure and entrapment. The viewer, abandoned in the center of the image, must attempt to exit.

Topics: Arts

Sonya Berg earned her MFA from the University of Texas at Austin in 2010. Her work has been shown in galleries around the US, most notably Champion Contemporary in Austin, Texas, and RoyGBiv Gallery in Columbus, Ohio. Berg is a recipient of the Arch and Anne Giles Kimbrough Fund Award from the Dallas Museum of Art, and was selected for the upcoming Djerassi Residence Artists Program in Woodside, California. She is represented by Champion Contemporary and resides with her husband in Austin. See more of her work at www.sonyaberg.com.