May 2 - September 19, 2015 MIRROR | MIRROR: Introspective Reflections Laura Korman Gallery
Bergamot Station Arts Center 2525 Michigan Ave Ste D2 Santa Monica, CA Opening Reception: Saturday, September 5, 2015, 5-8 p.m. Los Angeles based artist Katherine Rohrbacher’s current body of self-portraiture balances dual elements of whimsy and foreboding. Drawing imagery from fairy tales such as “Alice in Wonderland” and animal folklore, Rohrbacher inserts herself as subject as well as artist of her own personal myth. Overlayed with glitter amidst flourishes of ornate damask and floral patterns reminiscent of vintage wallpapers, Rohrbacher’s portraits lead viewers on a tour of different facets of her identity. Color and pattern serve as vehicles of communication for vignettes of thoughts, memories, and experiences - a great source of which is Rohrbacher’s own daily experience with lupus, the commonly described “invisible disease.” Her work explores the power of perception, using motifs of fantasy and reality to illustrate the indistinct line between one’s self and one’s public persona. As Pablo Picasso was once quoted, “Who sees the human face correctly: the photographer, the mirror, or the painter?” So too does Rohrbacher pose the question of what it means to create a truly accurate self-portrayal. ← BACK