Thea Berman



THINGS THAT MATTER
2023 - ongoing

“Things That Matter” explores the phenomenon of alienation all too prevalent among young people. Whether it be from one another, one’s surroundings, or oneself, this detachment has proven to be an insidious trait of Generation Z. Thea Berman is fascinated by how a sense of identity and self can develop when solipsism is the leading antidote from the grievances of contemporary society. Though not all subjects are pictured alone, there persists a coldness even in groups– often suggested by the rigidity of shapes and neutral/cool palette. Even when the chroma is vibrant, the works carry a solemn tone, letting the interiority of the subject permeate the exteriority of the canvas.



THE SOUP

2023


Control and power are often discussed in the context of human relationships—  as a battle of egos, or exercised through implicit norms and oppressive structures. While fairness is nowhere near guaranteed, we imagine and idealize a utopia of equality. We see something common about the human experience at a base level: cellularity, corporeality, excrement. But power imbalance doesn’t just apply to human relationships. The objects we collect and surround ourselves with both reflect and act as the victimless subjects of our power.  Every t shirt isn’t just a t shirt; every lamp isn’t just a lamp. Every person unavoidably adorns their life with symbols, but when these symbols start to resemble personhood, the power dynamic is obfuscated.

Because of their uncanny resemblance to humans, the symbolic function of dolls is often misunderstood at a surface level. They allow us to perform or imagine scenarios unfit for polite society (for real people), but that doesn’t mean they are always the subject of our control. “The Soup” seeks to subvert the notion that what is inhuman, pristine, or cute is always powerless. To varying degrees, people perform as dolls, or at least perform a doll’s symbolic function, with one another. This work interrogates the perspective of the conventionally powerless and the covert control they are able to exercise. In other words, “The Soup” displays the powerful nature of topping from the bottom.




See “The Soup” published in Confluence



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Biography

Thea Berman was born and raised in New York City. She is currently living in Berkeley, CA while she completes her BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Califonia, Berkeley in May 2024.  

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