From the transformative to the ephemeral, the birth and death of a butterfly is reimagined in a photo series by Roberta Fineberg inspired by a poem by 13th Century Persian poet Rumi a great believer in the power of love: ‘Whatever you know, or don’t - only love is real’.
A contemporary color photograph of a butterfly the work explores the natural and man-made world in which a caterpillar breaks free of its skin for a metamorphosis. Hatching into an exquisite creature, a vibrant butterfly sips nectar from flower to flower during its short sweet life.
Star, 2017 by Roberta Fineberg is 18" x 24" an archival pigment print in an edition of 5. The photograph is signed, titled, and dated, signed by the artist.
Provenance: RF Archive
As a photographer and visual artist, Roberta Fineberg (RF) focuses on the themes of serendipity, inventiveness, and development of ideas for her photography, video, installations, works on paper, and painting. Drawn to experimentation, she explores diverse mediums and subjects such as the ephemeral (butterfly series), stolen moments (documentary work), play, timelessness, the enduring, and significance of matter.
In July 2022, Roberta Fineberg’s Double Helix was included in a Sotheby’s auction in New York City and exhibited in the preview show Contemporary Discoveries. Selected exhibitions include: Time Gallery New York (2022), Phyllis Harriman Gallery New York studio shows (2022; 2020), CADAF online art fair (2020), Gallery122 New York pop-up group show (2018), Curate NY online group show (2013), Paris Photo: Photos, Femmes, Feminisme group show (2010). RF’s photography is in private and public collections, including portraits of women writers at the Bibliothèque Nationale and Bibliothèque Marguerite Durand in Paris, France. As a visual artist she was awarded 14 laurels (2020-2021) from independent film festivals worldwide for an experimental video she made: You Will Never Beat New York (2020).
RF began her career as an editorial photographer while a student in Paris in the 1980s. In France she contributed both photography and writing to publications, landing a column (photos and text) with The Saturday Review while exhibiting photographs in public spaces. Roberta Fineberg’s freelance photography appeared in Le Monde, Jeune Afrique, Paris Match, L’Officiel Femme, Ms, Weltwoche, Vanguardia, among others with images licensed through stock agencies: nonstock, Jupiter, and Getty. Photographs were selected for cover art at W.W. Norton, St. Martin’s Press, Harcourt, Bookspan, Simon & Schuster, etc. Print Regional Design Annual New York (2003) awarded her for book jacket photography for If Wishes Were Horses.
Roberta Fineberg lives in New York City.
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