Rona Perlman's work ranges from abstract to figurative while examining the relationship between the painting’s materials and its contents. At the same time, she re-examines the narratives and conventions that have been established in society in general, and in the history of art in particular. Her means range from classical practice of oil painting on canvas in which the image is born out of nothing, to collages that use unconventional materials and ready-made images. It seems that the figurative image in her work emerges out of the abstract and chaotic base layer, taking shape as the substrate is erased and blurred, as in sculpting through the removal of matter. The abstract and geometrical works are more reminiscent of stained glass and the transparent substrate reinforces this context.