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Twenty-six-year-old Tatiana Berg’s career is skyrocketing. Over the last year she’s shown at Storefront Gallery, BAM, NUDASHANK and Regina Rex, and she’s been written about in The New Yorker, Hyperallergic and Art Fag City, just to name a few outlets. Given that success, it’s surprising to hear that she hasn’t yet finished her MFA... at Columbia, no less.
How long have you lived in Brooklyn?I lived for three years in what I guess we’re now calling “East Williamsburg,” if not quite Bushwick. I loved it! I moved there along with a bunch of people I was in school with, and it was the best place to look for places to live and studios to work in. Right now I’m doing my MFA at Columbia, so I’ve moved to the Upper West Side. It’s nice up here, and it kinda feels like living in a Woody Allen movie, but I miss Brooklyn terribly. Summer 2014, I’ll be back.
Anything about Brooklyn that bugs you?
Around my studio nobody was shoveling or salting the sidewalks around all the big industrial buildings. When everything froze over I just ate it constantly.
What’s the most insightful thing anyone’s ever said about what you do?
When racehorses are trained some of them are given little goats as pets that live with them in the stables and keep them company, so they stay calm when they’re traveling or in a new place. Some of the paintings you’re going to make are horses, and some of them are going to be goats. The goats are really important, you just wouldn’t ever send them down the race track.
What’s next for you?
I get to go Miami soon! My work is going to be displayed this year by Postmasters Gallery as part of the SEVEN Art Fair.