In a letter to Södertälje konsthalls exhibition assistant Ingvar Claeson, the artist Pat Berger wonders how it all went. The letter is dated December 30, 1972, the exhibition ended on December 3. “It is very difficult to be in another country and not to know what has taken place. What has happened to my work this time?”. She asks to have her works returned to L.A. unless there are plans to show them elsewhere.
Born in New York, L.A. based artist and art teacher Pat Berger were shown oil paintings, watercolors and sculptures. Both her paintings and bronze sculptures focused on human. In the catalog sheet, Claeson describes her approach to the theme through the various materials.
The human in center also applied to Michael Piper’s sculptures. In Sun Axelsson-Piper’s text in the catalog sheet you can read:
Michael depicts his long encounter with man, fellow human being, the other, you who are experienced by me, by myself. It is rarely a definite person. It is a compressed, rich life experience that gets face, borrows its features from the pain, the beauty, the ugliness the goodness, the evil, the love and the stiffening.
His sculptures were created from different colors of marble. Bronze, jewelry and kinetic water sculptures were also displayed at Södertälje konsthall.
Thorsten Thunberg was a member of the Södertälje konstnärskrets (Södertälje artist association) from the start in 1956 and was its first chairman for fifteen years. He was represented with “picture between 1960 – 72” paintings and drawings. Of the 51 exhibited works, three were part of Södertälje municipality’s art collection.
Sources: Södertälje konsthalls archive folder, Södertälje konstnärskrets website, text by Anneli Karlsson.