Debra Bermingham: Threaded Dances

June 26 - October 25, 2015

Mist emanating from a snow-covered meadow or obscuring a ridgeline view as it falls down to the river adds mystery to the fields and valleys we call home. Mist is at once substantial and insubstantial. It cloaks and reveals as it moves in its own leisurely pace.

Debra Bermingham’s paintings are as elusive and mysterious as a landscape enveloped in mist. Images emerge slowly, sensuously from delicately layered surfaces. Veils of blue-gray to pearl-white shroud empty or barely populated space. Glimpsing objects—a fragment of a vessel under full sail, a teapot, a moon—through the mist, we are unmoored from time and place. We have entered an enchanted land, a dreamscape. And as in a dream, wonder, delight, puzzlement, and discovery are ours.

— Mara Williams, Chief Curator

Being out-of-doors corresponds to my innermost imagining of who I am. My desire to work with nature has defined the circumstances of my life.

For the past 30 years I have lived in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York, where I have my studio and the vineyard/winery I established with my husband. These two endeavors, making paintings and crafting wine, are closely related. In a quiet hour, encountering the beauty of either a painting or a fine glass of wine can feel magical, as both are capable of concentrating experience and memory—haze over melting snow, freshly turned earth, birdsong in spring. The French use the term terroir to describe this magic in wine. In the same way, perhaps it is the “terroir” of my rural studio that has “flavored” my paintings over the years.

— Debra Bermingham

All work in this exhibit is on loan from DC Moore Gallery, New York.


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