“I approach the collage as a painting, not a mere assembly of pictures or mixed media technique. I am fascinated with arranging colors and shapes; searching for visual meaning until a finished piece finally emerges. A single color or shape may spark an entire composition. As I collect materials, they seem to connect individually or in groups. From those materials, I begin to seek an interaction in space and form. Each added element will build on the previous one by changing, adding, or even eliminating the other components. Knowing what to remove becomes as important as knowing what to add to the work. Some compositions blend in harmony, while others create discord that is both exciting and unexpected. Not all the works are harmonious or beautiful.”
Karlyn Atkinson Berg is a mixed media collage artist living in Bovey, MN. She received her BFA in Painting from Rhode Island School of Design in 1967 and did graduate studies in printmaking at Pratt University, NYC, NY, in 1967-8. After moving to Minnesota and earning international recognition for her conservation work of the Timber Wolf, Berg eventually returned to a full-time art career, emphasizing collage.
Berg shows her work regionally and nationally, most recently at The National Collage Society’s Annual Juried Exhibit (2018, online; 2017, Union Street Gallery, Chicago Heights, IL; 2016, Hudson, OH); DeVos Art Museum, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI (2018, juried); MacRostie Art Center, Grand Rapids, MN (2018 and 2011-16, juried; 2017, solo); Sebastopol (CA) Center for the Arts (juried, 2017) ; Robbins Gallery, Robbinsdale, MN (2017); and International Society of Assemblage and Collage Museum, Santa Fe, NM (2016). In 2017, she was awarded a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant and a second grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council. For 2019, Berg is receiving another grant from Arrowhead Regional Arts Council to continue to further her collage work.