A Bed, 2017
Acrylic, pastel on canvas
24″ x 20″
Berdes is, in her own works, “obsessed” with medical equipment. She creates beautiful studies of mundane objects one might find in a hospital room. This example is part of a series of large works that feature her signature blue and red color palette and always funky perspectives. Berdes has worked at the North Shore studio since 2014.
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The persistence and laser focus Renata Berdes possesses in pursuit of her artistic outcomes is indomitable. She continually pursues her themes, or “obsessions” as she calls them, with voracity and intention.
“I want to do it because I am capable. I want to do art.”
Her sculptural works viewed collectively suggest the assemblage of a new space that plays with scale and permanence. Individually her sculptures are imbued with the magic of what is possible; first there was nothing, and now by Berdes’ hands and imagination the object exists. Found objects are unified through an intimate connection with the sense of touch that manifests in rich textures.
“I got plexiglass for the door because I can see through it. I can see stuff in there. I really like what I made. I was using some string for that water. I like that box that you gave me. It was a good idea, using that box.”
Berdes delivers with confidence and honesty, engaging viewers through her own vulnerability. She invites us to see the world from her viewpoint and delights us with her reinterpretation of what is.
“I really like doing it because people can see it. I like when people can see that. When you sell art people can get paid.”
Berdes’ artwork has been exhibited at the Chazen Museum of Art in Wisconsin, and is in the permanent collection at the University of Wisconsin” Waisman Foundation. Her artwork is included in Arts of Life’s 20 year anniversary limited edition Platinum Print Collection.
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