The Work

I have a fascination with dreams and the subconscious. I am interested particularly in the distance between sleeping and waking, the almost tangible moment of transition as a person falls from one into the other - such as Alice falling down the rabbit hole. Most of my drawings and paintings are mixed media works including oil, pencil, chalk, wax and lacquered spills; the latter hinting towards fluids that would be associated with bodily functions. An important aspect for me is to work out a marriage between abstract ground, unrecognizable organic shapes, and representation. Using personal icons and symbolism, I map out the narrative within my paintings. These icons are recycled and resurrected throughout many bodies of my work. The visual path of thought is of high importance to me.

Needing ample surface area in which to catch the "debris" (emotion in the form of color, random marks, and symbolism as narrative), I work on multiple canvases side by side. Because memory builds and moves, what is revealed becomes an inter-woven dream space. My goal in the end: canvas that becomes palimpsest, having gathered relevant and seemingly random information.

BECK BERRETT

New York, NY

EDUCATION

BFA Parsons School of Design, FA major 2002-2005

Utah State University, FA major, 1987-1992

EXHIBITIONS

2012 Alice: Into the Looking Glass, The Noyes Museum, Oceanville, NJ

2011 Cutters, The Ugly Art Room, Brooklyn, NY

2010 Holiday Invitational, The Painting Center, New York, NY

2010 Glide, Yes Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2010 CROSS-fertil-LABORATION, group show, Dialog Gallery, Roanoke VA

2010 Women’s History Show, Van Deb Editions, New York, NY

2009 Solo Exhibition, Dialog Gallery, Roanoke VA

2008 A.I.R. Gallery Wish You Were Here, postcard group show, NY

2008 A.I.R. Gallery Generations 6, group show, New York, NY

2008 Parsons Alumni, group show, New York City, NY

2007 G.A.S. Holiday Small Works, group show, Poughkeepsie, NY

2006 The Lady Doth Protest Too Much, Heidi Cho Gallery, group show, New York City, NY

2005 Square Foot, Project Spaceman, group show, Brooklyn, NY

AWARDS

2004-2005 Tuition Scholarship, Parsons School of Design

2003-2004 Tuition Scholarship, Parsons School of Design

2002-2003 Tuition Scholarship, Parsons School of Design

COLLECTIONS

Elke Solomon and Michael Kwartler, NYC, NY

Impact Training Institute, Bluffdale, UT

The Seagull, hospital, Casas Grande, Chihuahua, MEXICO