Approved: 09.09.2016

Melanie Berman

Artist, Arts development worker, Curator, Event organiser

Approved: 09.09.2016

Berman explores, connotations of home, place, identity, and the personification of nature within her art practise. The natural environment ultimately became the basis of her metaphysical home of love and hope as her own 'connotations of home' evaporated in her teens.  She mixes static shapes with fluid movement, whilst highlighting the sublime of the visible and the invisible happenings around her.  'An interruption of space, as natural rhythms can be periodic or irregular overtime’ she says. Drawing on historical, philosophical, poets and Indigenous practices she challenges 'western' notions of landscapes and instead emphasise how place, environment, body/mind/identity are mutually constituted

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    Artist Statement

    Berman explores, connotations of home, place, identity, and the personification of nature within her art practise. The natural environment ultimately became the basis of her metaphysical home of love and hope as her own 'connotations of home' evaporated in her teens.  She mixes static shapes with fluid movement, whilst highlighting the sublime of the visible and the invisible happenings around her.  'An interruption of space, as natural rhythms can be periodic or irregular overtime’ she says. Drawing on historical, philosophical, poets and Indigenous practices she challenges 'western' notions of landscapes and instead emphasise how place, environment, body/mind/identity are mutually constituted

    Berman uses various processes of applying intuitive layer of paint to construct or deconstruct. Large organic brush marks show the layering of time, whilst the constructed shapes float and move with the sounds of today. ‘A new visual generational voice’ is how she thinks of it.  Translating the ‘sounds of the forest’ and the ‘suns rays against the fields’ or ‘melting snow’ for others to see. Berman has become increasingly aware of embedded basis and acknowledge how legacies continue to impact todays society. Natures lyrical voice goes beyond the superficial and detachment, nature can communicates with us on all levels even in myths and legends. Berman's artwork makes a contribution in the process of bringing reconciliation of ‘thoughts’ in these discombobulated times to be in tune with nature. 

    Berman was trained in two artistic genres Fashion design (BA) 1980 and consequently employment and then later a Fine Art BA Hons in 2008 painting. She now lives and works in East Sussex .

     

    CV & Education

    CV Melanie Berman 2017

     

    Melanie has exhibited in Kent and East Sussex. She now works and lives in East Sussex.

    Berman builds a labyrinth of colour within her paintings, symbolising movement, growth, sound, thoughts and changes. Indicating continually shifting perspectives and humankind connections to the creative nature of the universe. Regenerating an awareness of spatial importance within ourselves. 

    1979

    Design Berkshire College of Art and Design BA Fashion Design 2.1

     

    Awarded - The Glove Guild of Great Britain by the Lord Mayor of London

     

    1979 - Worked for Zandra Rhodes

     

    1980 - Liberty of London in house Exhibition ‘Fluid’

     

    1990 - Studied Life Drawing under Phillip Mosley Continue to study for the next ten year the human form.

     

     

    2008

    BA Hons Fine Art Painting UCA

    2013 

    Fairfax Gallery Tunbridge Wells

    Singapore Art fair

     

    2015

    Wing GalleryWadhurst

    Artloop Group Exhibition Islington London

     

    2016 

    Wing Gallery Wadhurst 

    St Annes Galleries Affordable -Art Fair London

    Wychwood Gallery Gloucestershire 

    September Art Show - Pure Art Show Battle 

    The Gallery Tunbridge Wells One Warwick Park

     

    2017

    Wychwood Gallery 

    Wing Gallery, Solo show - Element

    The GalleryTunbridge Wells One Warwick Park 

    Artist talks Kent Art Education. Envy Design Consultancy London

     

    2018 

    'The Gallery’ Solo Show Tunbridge Wells Kent Envy Designs Design work. Envy Design Consultancy London Commission work.

     

    2019 

    RA Summer Exhibition - Rye Art Gallery - Artist in residence 'The Gallery’. SMC Design Consultancy London.