Artist Statement: My photographs and photo based work hold a multiplicity of meanings; they are facts, metaphors, experiential catalysts, and ruminations on how we build meaning in our lives. I am interested in a non-literal exploration of lived experience; complex layers of darkness, love, futility, self-examination, hope, and exhilaration. This investigation comes from daily life, the places where we establish our routines and build our lives. Within the ordinary I photograph a complex psychology that is carefully revealed through our familiar objects, our body language or states of being. I spend a lot of time with ordinary things and moments; waiting moving and manipulating until their essential aspect is in their ability to describe nuanced emotions that settle and shift along a continuum. These images are subtle and slow, careful and clean in their construction. They monumentalize the minimal as a way to slow down the looking process and allow the viewer to stay.

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Bio: Elizabeth Bernstein is an artist, educator, and gallery director who lives in Oakland, California. She received her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2007. In addition to being the Co-Director of Royal NoneSuch Gallery, she is visiting faculty in the photography department at the San Francisco Art Institute. She is a photographer whose work examines the visual language of our daily lives, and how it communicates our complex emotional and psychological landscape. Elizabeth has shown her work on the East Coast and in the Bay Area.