Originally from rural Vermont, Aurora Berger is an MFA student at Claremont Graduate University. She studied at the Savannah College of Art and Design before transferring to Prescott College where she completed her BFA and a BA in Art Education. She works primarily with photographic mediums.
Working within the frameworks of capacity and disability, I use photographs to examine and reclaim my own identity. As a physically and visually disabled artist, my work is a reflection of how I see the world. Cumulatively, my work creates an expansive self-portrait. Some images are literal–photographs of my physical body, pictures of my life. Others build on environmental cues that place the viewer in my position through fragmented imagery and visual confrontation. The works investigate the concepts of normalcy, disability, agency, visual acuity, and interpretation. My work is about existing in the body that I have, in the life that I am living. It is about inhabiting spaces, perceiving surroundings, and above all, the process of survival.