LAND and ENVIRONMENT ART 2020
Last year I made a made a decision to emphasise land and environment art in my Tribute-Art practice. Hence my body of work gallery has a slightly different emphasis.
Reading Bruce Pascoe’s “Dark Emu” I was shocked to learn that the official version of history is not the full truth. Pascoe makes a compelling argument for a reconsideration of the Hunter-gatherer label, with evidence that Aboriginal people were using domesticated plants, sowing, harvesting, irrigating and storing produce.
If I had lived at the time when our history was not truthfully recorded, I would have been making sampler quilts and needlework. My quilt re-interprets history: centre pieces are hand-embroidered botanical drawings of Aboriginal plants. The quilt materials are up-cycled and machine-stitched. The back of the quilt says it all. It is time to tell the true History of Australia.
It is also time to stand up and acknowledge the damage we are wittingly and unwittingly inflicting on our environment.
Postcode 2011 Propinquity – “Where I live” 2018-19
My artworks are about community – people I see regularly or those who I strike up a conversation with initially in the context of taking my dog to the park. or in using other public spaces where I live. I ask permission to take a photograph on my phone which is later developed into a drawing and mono print on linen or canvas.I then add acrylic or oil paint and embellish with embroidery . I aim to capture a fleeting moment of time.
Matt on mobile phone – Postcode 2011 Propinquity 2018-19 mixed media on linen-43x43cm ©MvdBerk 2018-19 https://bluethumb.com.au/mary-van-den-berk/Artwork/park-bench-matt-on-mobile-potts-point-propinquity
Meroogal Womens’ art Prize, Sydney Living Museums, finalist 2018
Pauline’s Bed 2016-17
Gallery: Body of Work
The Gallery: Body of work depicts art works included in my continuously developing art practice. I am a painter of transience and memory. I aim to capture visually an essence or a moment in time, a memory which interprets a person, an event or a place. I am fascinated by a fleeting moment which, when revisited, allows for a discovery of greater depth and meaning.
A gallery: body of work is comprised of multiple pieces that are cohesive in nature. It usually doesn’t represent an artist’s oeuvre, a word that most often refers to an artist’s lifetime of work. A body of work shows that an artist consistently produces art that is distinctive and of a predictable, suitable quality.
My current gallery: body of work focuses on where I live – postcode 2011 propinquity. My works are based on photographs used to create a drawing which is then translated into a mono print which is painted into with acrylic or oil. I also incorporate embroidery into the final layer of the artwork.
Earlier works were based on old family photographs, which are both familiar and hauntingly transient. I worked digitally to create images which start with an old photograph but are then re-contextualised to create new meaning incorporating new backgrounds which include fabric and texture. The final layer is hand drawn creating a unique multi layered work of art. If you are interested in purchasing one of my art works in my gallery: body of work please contact me. https://bluethumb.com.au/mary-van-den-berk