Ellen Berman’s oil paintings in Three. Two. One. are the latest in a long series of portraits of domestic objects. Often known for her striking renderings of fruits, vegetables, and other every day pantry items, these still lifes become expressions of form, depth, color, and light that defy the ordinary and become images for contemplation. Berman draws a juxtaposition between the object she is representing and what is real.The paintings in this exhibition reflect both, the outside world and Berman’s inner world. Because of her education in the study of literature and her life-long love of reading fiction, metaphor and narrative have a significant role in her paintings. “I am interested in the notions of beauty, the extraordinariness of the ordinary, and the transitory nature of and inevitability of loss inherent in everything,” states Berman.