Ava Gerber

b. 1961

Born in Dover, Ohio; lives in Brooklyn, New York.

My work is inspired by my personal experiences combined with my travels and interactions with other cultures. I am particularly interested in religion and ritual as it is portrayed visually. I have traveled quite extensively in Asia, Africa, the Carribean, Europe, and South America. I have studied African and Caribbean dance for the past nine years and have participated in numerous ceremonies during my travels. These adventures have given me a unique perspective with which to examine my own cultural customs. I use this culmination of cultural inspiration, combined with personal experience, as a means of producing what I consider visual poetry. My work quietly questions and comments on gender roles and utilizes materials in a metaphoric manner to illuminate ideas inspired by spirituality and alchemy.

--Ava Gerber