Kimber Berry, ‘We Didn’t Think They Would Steal The Gods’, 2013, Elisa Contemporary

Kimber Berry is a Los Angeles artist, who is part of the "Flow Movement," a term coined by Art Critic (and curator) Peter Frank. Her artwork is vibrant and dynamic mixed media combining acrylics, resins and digitally altered photographs of her paint-strokes. As a native of LA, Kimber loves to blur the line between what is real and what is illusion.

According to Berry, the Plastic Gardens series focuses on how we live and interact with Nature. “How are we, as a society, going to create harmony and balance with the Earth? Is the creation of plastic gardens enough to offset the damage we're doing?.. I've constructed this series of paintings inspired by these plastic gardens. Plastic refers both to the materials I use, but also to the flexibility of these organic environments to exist and take any form the gardener wishes. Continuing my exploration of digital and paint, reality and illusion, new and old technology to take a closer look into the duality of societal expansion and growth. Using digitally manipulated photographs of paint, natural and plastic organic plants and flowers along side and embedded in actual paint, the highly manipulated surfaces of my paintings illustrate how highly manipulated nature has become. We need to ask ourselves what is our true relationship with nature?”

She has received a lot of positive attention from art critics and curators on the West Coast and has been featured in solo and group shows in New York, LA, Atlanta and London. She has been part of recent exhibits at the Riverside Museum and the Huntington Beach Art Center in California. Her work is in public and private collections around the world. Kimber was featured in Hampton's Cottages & Gardens, Ocean Home and Flaunt. In 2013, she created an installation at Terminal 3 at LAX. Kimber is also part of the Artists Pension Trust.

About Kimber Berry

Kimber Berry’s vibrant installations and mixed-media works on canvas grapple with living in an over-stimulated, social media obsessed, and visually saturated society. Raised amidst “over the top advertising and the glitz of Hollywood” in her native Los Angeles, Berry is conscious of the increasingly blurred lines between reality and illusion, and her work exists in the liminal space between the two. She creates “Liquid Landscapes” by photographing paint, digitizing and manipulating the images, and then embedding them onto a surface shared with actual paint. Her installations likewise form immersive, kaleidoscopic environments, oozing off the canvas onto surrounding walls and floor. They suggest a synthetically hued underwater-scape of coral reefs. “The fluidity of paint and the brush stroke act as narrative tools to recreate the psychological compression of stimuli found in our society,” she describes.

American, b. 1970, Los Angeles, CA, United States, based in Southern California, CA, United States