Berit Myreboee

Berit Myrebøe has chosen an unusual modern material for her artworks: shiny polished and cool reflective aluminum. In a partly self-developed process, Berit transfers photographs onto plates of aluminum and then de-familiarizes these photographs by using highly pigmented oil-based paint. Her favorite subjects are women – not infrequently herself. Expressive faces, Body portraits, Torso, Nudes. Always serious, focussed, alone, independent, introverted. Strong women, whether shown with a dancing skirt, in underwear or just wrapped in her own skin. Their nakedness is not erotic but presents as proud, self-reliant and natural. Very occasionally a spectator appears subtly in the background, but always integrated as a secret voyeur in the scene.

When looking at the blurring and veiling in the paintings that lead to photorealistic images, one firstly has Gehard Richters portraits of women dating from the 1980’s in mind. With stripes and blurring, appearing like the lights of a passing train, time and movement are made visible.

Curtains of light-stripes evoke strong similarities with the British artist Francis Bacon. Like Bacon, Myrebøe, by using these lights-stripes, blurring and defocusing, overcomes the static representation of the body and creates a strong expression of movement, time and energy. And like Bacon, her brush destroys everything that appears too photorealistic, too illustrative. Myrebøes multimedia walks on the edge blend of Photography, Printing and Painting is most exciting, when human shape is almost disintegrated or destroyed up to unrecognizableness.