Bronwyn Berman explores our collective consciousness

April 27, 2016

Since graduating in 1999 from an honours degree at CoFA UNSW, artist Bronwyn Berman has exhibited prolifically as well as fulfilled many public commissions. Her work has been popularised through Sculptures by the Sea exhibitions both on the east and west coasts of Australia. The prototype of WindSpiral II was made entirely from found objects, and the product of two close friends spending a day together assembling, creating, and laughing. Bronwyn's experience of living high on a cliff top in the Australian bush underpinned the portrayed silvery, scratchy shape of the wind.
Breathe in love through the heart is an example of a technique known as poker work where burning and etching out portions of handmade papers creates motifs. Echidna quills picked up from the roadside and feathers from a lyrebird killed by a fox combine with glass beads and dressmaker pins to allude to the interior workings of a beehive (in my humble interpretation).
You and I have floated here on this stream includes casurina roots, waxed irish linen thread and contact paper printed with leaves from the Nepean River.
The Hive explores the concept of women as skilled makers and craftspeople referencing the community and the home. "The hive is supported on carved natural timber branches, and is woven of reused copper communications cable. Natural stone beads woven through the work allude to the preciousness of the simple connections in our lives," Brownyn explains.
And if you think her artwork is stunning, take a look at her family's Harry Seidler designed house....



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