Lauren Bergman uses paint to explore female identity, and her underlying fears of the vulnerability and fragility of the world around us. Her paintings reside at the juncture of myth and social realism, utilizing a language of symbols to probe the loss of societal optimism and the ongoing irresolution of feminist issues such as sexuality versus objectification and acquiescence versus empowerment. The paintings court irony as the playful imagery and inner narratives confront the conflicting expectations of contemporary culture and the intricate ways in which female identities are formed.
My paintings explore a meeting point of myth and social realism through the lens of female identity. As a narrative artist, my work tells stories using the power of visual images and personal symbols to inspire the imagination of the viewer and create an emotional response. I seek to speak to universal truths and the collective hopes and aspirations of humankind. In this body of work, I am continuing an exploration of female identity within the constructs of the idealized, mythicized America.
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
Courting irony, the inner narratives are playful, yet confront the conflicting expectations of contemporary culture and the intricately complex ways in which we, as women, form our identities. I seek out elements for the paintings that have some sort of iconic resonance; images that illicit a collective emotional response.
Isn't This Your Dream
While I paint the idealized/sexualized female, by the very nature of the fact that I am a contemporary female the work by default becomes a somewhat politicized commentary on the barrage of images and messages that to one degree or another inform and define our identities.
Synch or Swim
Speaking to the underlying fears of our current cultural climate – a faltering economy, a government mired in ceaseless bickering, an environment on the verge of crisis – these paintings offer a vision of our idealized selves; glimpses of life in the American Utopia.