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Barbara Bernstein
updated: 12/11/2013
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Diogenes
Nereid
Things are not what they seem, nor are they otherwise
Things are not what they seem, nor are they otherwise
Things are not what they seem, nor are they otherwise
Patterns of Love and Beauty
Patterns of Love and Beauty
Patterns of Love and Beauty
Patterns of Love and Beauty
Patterns of Love and Beauty
Doilies Series: Dora's Samovar
Doilies Series: Sally's Monticello
Doilies Series: Cyrillic to Anglican
Doilies Series: Crossing the Bosporous
Doilies Series:Albemarle
 
Portfolio Keywords:  dreams, architecture, fantasy, domestic, memory, psychological, surreal, meditative, narrative
 
 
Diogenes by Barbara Bernstein
Diogenes
Tape
2013
80" x  65" 
Nereid by Barbara Bernstein
Nereid
Tape
2013
72" x  60" 
Things are not what they seem, nor are they otherwise by Barbara Bernstein
Things are not what they seem, nor are they otherwise
Installation: foam core, tape, straws, construction paper
2009
Dimensions variable
Things are not what they seem, nor are they otherwise by Barbara Bernstein
Things are not what they seem, nor are they otherwise
DetaiL; foam core, tape
2009
Dimensions variable
Things are not what they seem, nor are they otherwise by Barbara Bernstein
Things are not what they seem, nor are they otherwise
Detail: cut paper, electrical tape
2009
24" x  60" 
Patterns of Love and Beauty by Barbara Bernstein
Patterns of Love and Beauty
Drawing on paper, furniture, windows
2009
Dimensions variable
Patterns of Love and Beauty by Barbara Bernstein
Patterns of Love and Beauty
Detail overview
2009
Dimensions variable
Patterns of Love and Beauty by Barbara Bernstein
Patterns of Love and Beauty
Detail installation: drawing on clock and on paper
2007-08
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Patterns of Love and Beauty by Barbara Bernstein
Patterns of Love and Beauty
Detail: drawing on clock on paper
2007-08
Dimensions variable
Patterns of Love and Beauty by Barbara Bernstein
Patterns of Love and Beauty
Installation detail: marker on windows
2009
Dimensions variable
Doilies Series: Dora's Samovar by Barbara Bernstein
Doilies Series: Dora's Samovar
ink on cut paper
2008-09
13 " x  13 " 
Doilies Series: Sally's Monticello by Barbara Bernstein
Doilies Series: Sally's Monticello
ink on cut paper
2008-09
15 " x  15 " 
Doilies Series: Cyrillic to Anglican by Barbara Bernstein
Doilies Series: Cyrillic to Anglican
Drawing on cut paper
2008-09
7 " x  7 " 
Doilies Series: Crossing the Bosporous by Barbara Bernstein
Doilies Series: Crossing the Bosporous
marker on cut paper
2008
14 " x  20 " 
Doilies Series:Albemarle by Barbara Bernstein
Doilies Series:Albemarle
Drawing on cut paper
2008
0 " x  0 " 

Artist Statement

Ancient Western myth tells how art was invented: A Corinthian maid, daughter of Butades, had her hand guided by Cupid to trace the outline of her sleeping lover's shadow.

The connection between intimacy, trust and unlimited discovery describes the process of drawing: a dialogue of responses between contemplation and activity, awareness and repose, disclosure and concealment. Recognition and anticpation meet.

In my works on and with paper and in my installations, I consider and enjoy conditions that are simultaneously perplexing, amusing and surprising. My chosen palette of black and white reinforces this impact of dichotomy and paradox. The process reveals a connection between touch and memory as unmediated marks negotiate impluse, ambiguity and direction. The drawing surface is skin, the marks, its breathing.

The sources of my work include Greek mystery religions, "hobuku" (fling-ink) paintings of 15th century Japan, childhood memories of music, and observations of nature. Science, philosophy and religion via contemporary aeshtetic perception is also of interest.

In my years as an artist, my attitude about work has of course, deepened. While the development and expansiveness is more inclusive, it is also more simplified. I believe and encourage that humility, awe and beauty sustain as attributes of any work. This is what I aspire.

Artist Bio / CV

Residencies

2008 Virginia Center for the Creative Arts ( Resident Artist);      Kunstlerhaus, Salzburg, Austria (postponed due to VCCA Residency)

2007 The American Academy in Rome, Visiting Artist and Scholars Program ; Virginia Center for the Creative Arts ( Fellow, selected as Resident Artist)

2006 The MacDowell Colony

2005 The Vermont Studio Center (Full fellowship)

2004 Kunstlerhaus, Salzburg, Austria

2001 Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (Governor's Award Fellowship)

1993-94 Arad Center for the Arts, Arad, Israel

Grants

2006 Commission: 10th Biennial for Art and Technology, Ammerman Center, Connecticut College, New London, CT

2005 Vermont Studio Center Full Fellowship

2002 The Pollock-Krasner Foundation; Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts Individual Artist Grant

2001 Pennsylvania Arts Council Individual Artist Grant, The Pittsburgh /Mellon Foundation Individual Artist Grant

2001 Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Governor's Fellowship