Joanna Astor Bergelson

category: Visual,

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Artist Statement

I tend to work on an intimate scale.  I want my abstractions to be microcosms that draw the viewer in, giving hints of narrative that the viewer can string together to make his or her own stories.  In my figurative work, I celebrate loved ones and their special events, usually with quirky, affectionate creatures.  No matter what medium I'm working in, or whether the piece is abstract or representational, my goal is to create a beauty that has tension or a tender awkwardness. I hope that with these qualities, a piece transcends decoration and, rather than being merely precious, becomes somehow essential. Please visit for more information and images. 

Educational Background

Yale University, New Haven, CT  [1991-1995] B.A., Studio Art, cum laude with distinction in the major School of Visual Arts, New York, NY [1996] Art education certification College of New Rochelle, New Rochelle, NY [1998-2000] Master’s of Science, Fine Arts, certificate in recognition of academic excellence Additional studies in ceramics at Manhattanville (with Nadeige Choplet) and College of New Rochelle (with Marlene Parillo), watercolor and mixed media (with Carol Haerer) at the Bennington College Campus (offered through the Art New England and Massachussetts College of Art & Design) and printmaking at SUNY Purchase (with Cassandra Hooper), and the Center for Contemporary Printmaking in Norwalk, CT (with Christopher Shore)