September 27 – December 2, 2012
Opening reception September 27, 2012 7 PM - 8:30
Rita Bernstein says she began “to photograph in earnest” after she left her career as a civil rights lawyer and “had two young children to whom I was tethered.”
A reluctant traveler, most of her photographs are taken close to home, either in Philadelphia or near her family’s cottage in northern Pennsylvania.
A series of her photographs, Undertow, is featured in the Griffin Gallery of the Griffin Museum September 27 through December 2. A reception with the artist is September 27, 7-8:30 p.m.
“I explored the sorrows as well as the sweetness of family life and, more generally, the ambivalence that shadows intimate relationships,” Bernstein says.
“I work intuitively, discovering rather than orchestrating my pictures, and I am drawn to ambiguous narratives that have an undertow of tension and mystery,” she says.
Bernstein adds that she uses processes and materials that “are sympathetic to my subject matter and that reflect the unique characteristics and flawed beauty of the people I photograph.”
“In both my images and my prints, I am courting the imperfect, the messy, the raw, and the vulnerable.”
Bernstein has a degree in English from Barnard College and a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Her photography has been widely exhibited.
Undertow is provided to the Griffin Museum courtesy of Catherine Couturier Gallery, Houston, TX; Gallery 339, Philadelphia, PA; Dolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco, CA; Galerie BMG, Woodstock, NY; and Klompching Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.