#034 - Laura Berger
Edition of 50 prints
“The contrast and combination between modern and ancient was probably the first thing that struck me in Lima. I loved checking out the different districts and seeing the contrast in vibes and architecture. Barranco is filled with colonial buildings and colorful walls. Meanwhile the city is perched on top of a cliff overlooking the ocean, so there's also this beautiful green, lush parkway that runs alongside the coast. There's a real sense of deep respect for the heritage of the country. It was very inspiring for me to notice how the colors in the city bumped up against each other and created amazing combinations. There's also often a tendency to think of huge cities as feeling less friendly or being more dangerous, but I had the exact opposite experience in Lima.
Since I really like to use pattern and repetition and reflection in my work, I was very inspired by the amazing textiles that I saw. Rather than incorporating painted textiles into my figurative scenes, I liked the idea of creating a visual pattern with the human form and shaping them into a sort of ‘textile’ of their own. I enjoyed thinking about the concept of a tapestry as a weaving of different elements together, which seemed reflective of the integration that I sensed in the city. Integrating present and past, different cultures and traditions, and the holding and honoring of all of this together in a modern space. ”