Ellen Berkenblit

b. 1958

Born in Patterson, New Jersey; lives in Brooklyn, New York.

My work is figurative. The figures I choose have one purpose: they carry the line that I wish to draw. The figures are not symbolic; they don't represent anyone or anything in particular. They are the perfect excuse to get the first line going. Sometimes it is not the line that starts this domino effect - it can be a color. After that, it's accident built on accident - a chain reaction of select accidents.

--Ellen Berkenblit

Berkenblit's recurring characters, often a girl, a bear, or a mouse, romp around the picture plane, piquing our curiosity about their activities. With an economy of line reminiscent of cartoon drawing, empty text bubbles add to the mystery and encourage us to create our own dialogue.