Gallery 1261 is pleased to present Mia Bergeron’s second solo exhibition, Shared Solitude. The show will include over 20 new paintings by the artist. The exhibition runs November 11th through December 3rd, with the opening reception on Friday, November 11th from 6-9 pm.
In this new body of work, Bergeron explores themes pertaining to what all humans intrinsically experience, yet must go through alone. This seemingly simple, yet deeply confounding truth of how we participate in our lives is what guided Bergeron as she worked on this grouping of paintings called Shared Solitude.
“My hope is to have the work act as a mirror to the viewer. As with all art, the viewer will take away from the paintings what they give- their own experiences, feelings, longings, memories, fears, and introspections. Perhaps the paintings will poke and prod for the viewer to look deeper. Sometimes, the paintings may just sit quietly with the viewer, the experience washing over both,” Bergeron explains.
One particular painting, “Les Feux Follets” contains an extra layer of story. Bergeron, a Quebecois descendant, grew up hearing folklore from her grandparents in Canada. “Les feux follets are actually small fires that are sometimes seen above graves,” explains Bergeron. “They are thought to be from the gases that escape a body after it has been buried, these small flames spontaneously combusting. There are many tales about these small flames people would see in the night in odd places. One such story was that they were evil spirits looking to harm small children. Both the natural and invented symbolism for this phenomenon fascinates me.”
Bergeron credits the work of Andrew Wyeth as leading her into new subject territories for this show. “There is an unsaid stillness to his work- beauty mixed with sadness mixed with surprise. Something that should be routine becomes special and strange. In an odd way, I can always feel my own feet while I am being led through his paintings. This feels, to me, like a truth, and so I pursued it over the course of the past year, letting it take me wandering through these ideas”.
In many ways, this exhibition acts as a testament to the growth and maturity of Bergeron’s painting practice. She says, “I believe I have become braver as an artist. Subjects that seemed out of reach to me in the past have become forerunners. Images that may be associated to my past work have been unpeeled, abandoned, or rethought. Many of the works in Shared Solitude are a sacred act of hope for me- a way for me to walk blindly but with courage.” We invite the viewer to step into and experience the incredible worlds that Bergeron has created in this new body of work.
Mia Bergeron Solo Exhibition
November 11th - December 3rd, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, November 11th, 6-9 pm
1261 Delaware St., Denver, CO 80204
Hours: Tues-Sat, 11-6 pm