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Figures: Light in the Dark

There seems to be something sacred, something universally recognized in opposing forces balancing each other. Sacred and profane. Movement and stillness. Light and dark. At the release of this painting, we are poised at the start of a new year. We’ve journeyed into the depths of winter, yet since the winter solstice, the days lengthen ever so slowly. We are in the midst of yet another of nature’s cycles, hoping for rain or snow to replenish and reset the dry season, and enduring longer, colder nights. Some can’t stand winter’s harshness, yet others revel in this invitation to hunker down, turn inward, and tune into this season of darkness. And still, at times, nature offers her moments of reprieve. The break in the storm. Blue sky peaking out behind grey clouds. Songbirds flitting and feasting before the next deluge. It is in these moments that we remember: this too shall pass. In Seamus Berkeley’s Light in the Dark, the figure rests in stillness, yet simultaneously seems to emerge from the shadows, emerging from pure, bleak darkness. She seems poised as if moving toward something: coming out of the darkness, and into the light. Yet in this painting, she is the light.

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