Driving America's Art Scene - Hunterdon County, NJ USA

Bonnie Berkowitz

Bonnie Berkowitz

Textiles

Lifting up ordinary objects out of everyday life and recreating the expectation and function of that object is the root of how I begin to create my work. If craft is an art that enables humans to surround themselves in an environment of beauty, to enhance, interact with and inspire the mundane, then this is what I seek to accomplish. When a simple object becomes other than ordinary, when its original intention becomes unfamiliar and invites closer examination, it is then that craft elevates the simple, familiar life experiences and adds wonder and a longing to connect and touch, to know something more than only surface offers. My work is intuitive and mindful. Combining fabric, paper, thread, and beads with various other materials and a range of techniques, I engage in a process that becomes an intimate experience of experimentation, ritual and relationship. I love to feel the weight, both the warmth and coolness of the fabric and beads together. I often encode a text or imagery into the surface to express thoughts and feelings about life experiences. I also love to use the vehicle of the puppet to explore character and movement through relatedness of stories and poems. I have used these materials for as long as I can remember, and spoken this visual language all my life. My art celebrates this life and love through close exploration and pursuit of the creative mystery, which always leads me towards the discovery of the unexpected image.

I will be showing a range of puppets, beaded and embroidered collection of objects, and costumes, including head-pieces, and some mixed media work. During THAT, the viewer will be able to witness puppets in motion, at various times throughout the weekend.