Last Postcards is a series of three small double-sided paintings on plywood in which Biernoff imagines the last communications from explorers lost in the wilderness. Biernoff’s choice of Everett Ruess, Percy Fawcett, and the conceptual artist Bas Jan Ader is particularly telling. On one level, the Last Postcards analogize the nineteenth-century explorer with the contemporary artist who looks for purpose in their work.
Elisheva Biernoff belongs to a group of the most interesting recent MFA graduates from California College of the Arts. Her work reconsiders the tradition of painting in an interesting way, often taking source material from mass media or recreating photographs through a careful trompe l’oeil technique. Thus, her work engages strategies and notions of re-representation through painting, not aiming to portray any given reality faithfully, but rather as the ideal way to engage the intersection between myths, fictions, and fantasies. In some cases, her works also address particular ecological concerns.