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.
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.
BA Hons Fine Art Painting UCA
Fairfax Gallery Tunbridge Wells
Singapore Art fair
Artloop Group Exhibition Islington London
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
Wing Gallery, Solo show - Element
The GalleryTunbridge Wells One Warwick Park
Artist talks Kent Art Education. Envy Design Consultancy London
'The Gallery’ Solo Show Tunbridge Wells Kent Envy Designs Design work. Envy Design Consultancy London Commission work.
RA Summer Exhibition - Rye Art Gallery - Artist in residence 'The Gallery’. SMC Design Consultancy London.