..... images and words in acrylics, collage, encaustic. Palimpsests—partially erased or covered layers—the past visible in present.
Her Space 2017
What inspires me is to see and capture the emotion, beauty and mystery of women everywhere, and to experiment with materials and techniques. As women, we have much in common, more unites us than divides us. We are, as Kipling said, “ sisters under the skin”. We have similar needs and wants—not just for food, shelter and love—but also for a space of our own, to contemplate, to dream, to be transported out of our everyday reality. The new reality, like the old, is composed of bits and pieces, a collage of paint, paper or textile, that embellish, crowd or obscure.
I paint what I'm most familiar with: women. But underneath every portrait is a reflection of my own emotions and narrative, and articulates the essence of not only my subject but of a part of myself. This collection celebrates “her space “.
This collection of work was shown at the Ysabel Surth Privatgalerie in Stadland, Germany with the generous assistance of the Ontario Arts Council.
I am my father's daughter
acrylic and fabric collage, 50 x 40 cm, 2017 - sold
Queen for a day
acrylic and textil collage, 90 x 60 cm, 2017- $2500
monotype mixed media, 50 x 40 cm, 2017- $750
Summer on her mind
monotype mixed media, 50 x 40 cm, 2016 - $750
New York, New York
acrylic and textile collage, 25 x 20 cm, 2017- $400
I am Barbados 2
acrylic on canvas, 88 x 135 cm, 2016 - $4000
acrylic and textile collage, 60 x 60 cm, 2017. $1600
Africa on my mind
acrylic and textile collage on aluminum, 25 x 20 cm, 2017 - $400
I am Barbados 1
acrylic on canvas, 90 x 90 cm, 2016 - $3200
Just for a moment I'm going to be me
acrylic and collage, 50 x 40 cm, 2017 - $1500
In a room of her own
acrylic and textile collage, 60 x 60 cm, 2017 - $1600
Dance me to the end of love
acrylic and fabric collage, 45 x 35 cm, 2017 - $1500
Bird on her shoulder
acrylic, textile collage 90 x 45 cm - $2500
Dreams of the potter's wife
acrylic, textile collage, 20 x 25 cm, 2017 - sold
Woman in black
acrylic on canvas, 85 x 75cm, 2017 - $3500
Ring the bells that still can ring
acrylic on canvas, 90 x 45 cm 2017 - $2500
I am the land 2
acrylic on canvas, 135 x 75 cm 2016- sold
Portrait of a lady
encaustic, 20 x 25 cm, 2016 - sold
I dream of Greece
acrylic, collage on aluminum, 20 x 20 cm, 2017 - $400
Italy on her mind
acrylic, collage on aluminum, 25 x 20 cm, 2017 - $400
I am a traveller
acrylic and textile collage on aluminum, 25 x 20 cm, 2017 $400
acrylic and collage, 25 x 25 cm 2016 - sold
acrylic, textile collage, 120 x 60 cm, 2016 - $3200
Cherries in her hair
acrylic on canvas, 30 x 30 cm, 2016 - sold
Of grapes and garlic
acrylic, collage, 25 x 20 cm 2017 - sold
At midnight when nobody is listening
acrylic and textile collage on canvas, 60 x 60 cm, 2017 - $1600
Roses on her mind
acrylic on canvas, acrylic and textile collage, 25 x 25, 2017 - sold
acrylic and collage, 30 x 30 cm, 2017 - $500
Wild strawberries and porcupine quills
acrylic and collage, 23 x 18, 2017 - $400
Wrapped in perpetual bloom
mixed media, 45 x 35 cm, 2017 - $1500
Girl in the boat
acrylic and textile collage, 60 x 60 cm, 2017 - $1600
In the garden of her mind
mixed media, 30x30cm, 2017 $600
Kennst Du das Land....
acrylic on canvas, 90 x 90cm, 2015 - $3200
Woman of St Elizabeth
encaustic, 30 x 30 cm, 2017 - sold
We are one 1- Cambodian mother
mixed media, 80 x 30 cm 2016, $1200
We are one #2 - Waterloo County Mennonite
mixed media, 80 x 30 cm 2016 - $1200
We are one #3 - Nunavut Inuit
mixed media, 80 x 30 cm 2016 - $1200
We are one #4 - Barbados fruit vendor
mixed media, 80 x 30 cm 2016, $1200
Woman in white turban
monotype, 60 x 45 cm , 2016 $750
Monotypes and Chine Colle
Printmaking is the art of producing an image by transferring impressions from a plate, block or screen onto paper. While most printmaking methods allow for the production of multiple prints, a monotype is a one-of-a-kind print. The artist creates the image by applying inks on a blank plate made of plexiglass or metal. The plate is covered with dampened paper and is then passed through the printing press, producing a single copy of the print..
Because the creation of a monotype involves the direct application of inks onto the plate, and allows the artist to manipulate the inks on the plate by brush, roller, and other tools, it is often referred to as the “painterly print”, and it is preferred by many artists who consider themselves primarily painters, not printmakers. Its qualities include freedom, flexibility, and spontaneity.
The process of chine colle, which is used on many of the prints in this exhibit, is a specialized printmaking technique originated in the late eighteenth century. Chine colle is roughly translated from the French, “chine” being the French name for paper manufactured in China, and “colle”, meaning attached.
The chine colle papers are cut or torn into the desired shapes and brushed with a coating of wheat paste on one side and placed on top of the inked plate, paste side up, before placement on the support paper. When under the press, the pressure from the bed laminates the papers together. The ink from the plate prints on top of the chine colle papers, often giving the prints a layered effect, texture and added subtlety.
monotype/mixed media, 24 x 18" SOLD
monotype/mixed media, 19 x 26", SOLD
Fragment of her mother's trousseau
monotype/mixed media, SOLD
I hear voices
monotype/mixed media, 26 x 19, SOLD
monotype/Mixed media 30 x 34" US$900
Dream of the Potter's Wife
monotype/mixed media, 4 x 18", $600
monotype/mixed media, 24 x 18, US$600
My sister and I
monotype/ mixed media, 19 x 26" US $900
Bringing the gifts
monotype/mixed media 18 x 18 framed US$800
Barbados 1998 — present
My paintings tell stories of women who have come to Barbados— stories of migration, of leaving home, and finding home.
The paintings and monotypes are made up of fragments— bits and pieces of paper, fabric, letters, words, the detritus that clings to us which are pieces of life— that are reassembled to form something new. Together with the image, they tell a story, or part of a story.
The Japanese artistic concept of wabi sabi….usually explained as the beauty of things imperfect, incomplete….has had a profound influence on my life. I strive to achieve the beauty of this imperfection in my work, to tell the stories of women that reflect the history and life of this island.
My family has had a home in Barbados for more than 40 years....we are "almost Bajan".
Il segno di dio
acrylic 10 x 8", 2017 US350
I'll meet you there
acrylic and collage, 24 x24", 2017 US$2000
East of Eden
encaustic, 32 x 32", US$2500
5. Bajan Venus 3: the Mother
29”x25 ½”, acrylic on paper, 2015,
mixed media (7 canvases on metal) 30 x 14" US$1250
Encaustic, 8x8 2011, $300 US
20x20" - Mixed Media - 2015, $600
In the heat of the day
In the heat of the day , acrylic, 16x 12"
On Swan Street
Fabric of Swan Street, acrylic, 16x16"
mixed media, 58 x 32", SOLD
I am the land
mixed media, 54 x 24", SOLD
acrylic, 20 x 16, SOLD
Girl on the bench 2, wax resist and inks on paper
34. Girl on the bench 2, , 2014 (1406) acrylic and wax resist 18x24inches Price US$500
In the garden
23 x 23, acrylic, 2016, SOLD
My house, acrylic on canvas on metal, 24 x 24, sold
Child with red hair
acrylic, 24 x24", SOLD
The Quest: enroute
The Quest: enroute, mixed media, sold
The Dreamer,mixed media on canvas, 36 x 36, 2014 sold
Listen, acrylic, 16 x 12", SOLD
Faces of A
acrylic, 9 x 7", SOLD
Faces of A 2
acrylic, 9 x 7", SOLD
Stranger in Town (Swan Street 2), Acrylic and metal on board, 2014, sold
Swan Street at High Street (“I hear music” )
Acrylic on wood, 2013, $600US
Girl with Ribbon in Hair
Girl with ribbon in hair, 54 x 23", acrylic on canvas, SOLD
Potter at the end of the day 18 x 14 , encaustic US$800
On Hope Alley (I live here)
Acrylic on wood, 2013, $350US
Swan Street at High Street (“I hear music” )
Acrylic on wood, 2013, $350 US
Work in progress
mixed media, 55" x 35" NFS
3. Bajan Venus 1: the Matriarch
Bajan Venus 1: the Matriarch, 42”x24”, acrylic on tea bag papers, 2015, sold
24x24" Acrylic on Canvas - 2014 - SOLD
The quest: arrival
The quest, acrylic on canvas, 24 x 18, sold
I touch my hand....
i touch my hand, 20 x 16, acrylic on wood, sold
Woman's work, mixed media 20 x 16, 2013, sold
"Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave I rise, I rise, I rise”
Palimpsest 1, mixed media on canvas 56 x 28", $3000US
Remembering 42x42, acrylic on canvas, sold
Un bel di, acrylic on canvas 48 x 36", sold
Sisters In the canefield 24x24, acrylic on canvas, sold
Bajan Face 1, mixed media, 56 x 31", sold
Bajan Face 1, mixed media, 56 x 31, sold
Bajan Face 2 I am a rock, mixed media on canvas 55x24", sold
Bajan Face 6 Black Coral,, mixed media on canvas 57x25, sold
Bajan Face 5, mixed media on canvas, 48 x24, sold
If women ruled the world 18x14, acrylic, sold
In the hatshop, acrylic on canvas, 29x31, sold
Profile on blue 20x16, encaustic, sold
Lady in Waiting, acrylic on canvas, 24x18", sold
Profile on gold 12x12, acrylic, sold
Fruit Vendor, acrylic on canvas, 24x24 sold
Unknown Princess 24x24, mixed media on canvas, sold
The Red Hat 39x39, acrylic on canvas, sold
The dreamer, acrylic on canvas, 12 x 12
I put my hand on the doorknob, 12 x 12, mixed media, sold
Black Fragments 2- The Quiltmaker, 54 x 28, sold
And then she danced… (from Speightstown), Acrylic on canvas, 2014, sold
Remembering (Iput my hand on the doorknob becauseIthought your hand was on the other side)
Acrylic and metal on board, 2014, $750US - sold
Lilith, acrylic on canvas, 20 x 16", sold
At the window
at the window, acrylic on fabric, 8 x 8" - sold
Contemplation, acrylic, 14 x 10" SOLD
Woman from Guyana
Woman from Guyana, acrylic, 8x8" - sold
On the white chair
on the white chair, 24 x 24 , acrylic - sold
Island Girl 12
Island Girl 12, acrylic, 12x9", SOLD
India Journal: Paintings
In the fall of 2010 my sister-in-law and I went on a trip around the world for fifty-six days, a couple of weeks faster than Jules Verne. Like him, we travelled by boat and train— particularly in India where we travelled through Rajasthan by luxury train. We were shown the side of India that is magnificent and glitzy: ancient forts, and palaces of maharajas; we were wined and dined in splendid surroundings, overwhelmed with history and sons et lumieres. The other side of India we had to discover on our own. Over the course of 3000 kilometers by train, bus, and foot, I took photos and notes. These were the basis for this show.
Wherever I go I am drawn to people, specifically women and children. Often I look for and see women in moments of self-absorption or contemplation. And since much of life in India happens on the street, I found much to observe.
In Jaipur I came across gypsy families. It was an emotional moment for me, because my graduate work dealt with the image of the gypsy in German literature. Although I knew that gypsies came from India originally, I had not expected to encounter them. Then, all of a sudden there they were, — so proud, so self possessed.
They, and so may others, made their way into my paintings.
Gypsy child 2, acrylic 6 x 6x inches, 2011 US$250
Gypsy Child 1
Gypsy Child 1, acrylic, 5 x 7 inches, 2011, US 200
Sari Memories 1, 10 x 8”, encaustic - SOLD
Two Monks in Thailand
16x20", 2011, Mixed Media - $300
Woman of Udaipur, 12 x 12", acrylic, sold
Market woman at Jaisalmer, acrylic on canvas, 20 x 16, 2011 sold
Camel boy of Jaisalmer, watermedia on wax resist, 20 x 16 inches, 2011, sold
The Acrobat, mixed media on canvas, 24 x 42, 2011 - sold
Old Delhi, Fifth Element, acrylic, 12 x 12 inches 2011 sold
Shoe keeper India, wax resist and inks on paper
42. Shoe Keeper India, 2014 (1413) inks and wax resist on paper PriceUS$400
Gypsy in Jaipur at MacDonalds, acrylic, 16 x 12inches, 2011 sold
Girl at Agra Fort, 45 x 36”, mixed media, private collection
Waiting (Dawn in Jaisalmer), 16 x 12,” acrylic - sold
Sari Memories 2, 10 x 8”, encaustic, US$350
Market Woman Diptych, 28 x 11”, encaustic, sold
Sari memories 3, acrylic, wax, 14 x 11, 2011 sold
Gypsy Mother and Child
Mixed media, 24 x 45, 2011 - sold
Old Delhi - diptych
Encaustic 11x 28, 2011-$800 - sold
Gypsy Child 3
encaustic on canvas, 6 x 6 2012 - $300
An exhibition of paintings of women and flowers byHeidi Berger
Review by Hugh Corbin
"Apart from the horrors that we find on the TV and newspapers, we seem to be beset by so many daily events; accidents, incidents, and concerns reaching into our own, personal lives, raising our stress level way beyond what it should be. Yes, we know this, but what does it have to do with going to see this exhibition of paintings.
“.....I. feel the need.....in times of unrest or sadness, to occupy myself with life-affirming images of calm and introspection...” says artist Heidi Berger, and“ ...this show, Blooms, is the outcome of that.”
Few would deny that this could be one of the major purposes of art; in fact many artists may claim it as their goal as well. It’s clear then, what we are supposed to find in looking at this show—something that eases our stress and takes us to a different level of awareness, one of calm and introspection.
But introspection does not have to be a static state of total inaction or quiet reflection. Rather, the works invite us to share in the subject and its world. And invariably this engagement blooms into the life affirmation that the artist is seeking to find for us and underline.
At times it must be discovered. My Secret Garden #1 and #2, for instance, focuses not so much on the artist’s collection of flowers, but on a closer view we see that it is a snail that circles the edge of the vase endlessly. We find this a very different garden and secret.
Sometimes it seems so obvious, particularly in the flower paintings, that it doesn’t need to be examined. The bursting Constellation #3, Still Life in an Oriental Vase, The Hidden Vessel and In Search of Another Time, Another Place are examples of vibrant, almost ecstatic life. However, each of these may also have its story and secret, perhaps found in the meaning of the various insects and snails that accompany the blooms.
Stories are frequently found in the faces of the women—Smile, Attitude, Day Dreams—and also there are some larger tales: as in Untitled, a triptych showing three women, one Amerindian, with a primitive vessel and two others with a slave ship and a modern ocean liner in their background. All three suggest life at different times but in the same approximate place.
The women often convey the show’s theme of calm and introspection. Some of the paintings appear to bebased on the line by the English writer Laurie Lee in Cider with Rosie:” ..they seemed wrapped as it were in a perpetual bloom….”. Caught in a tranquil moment they are intent on their exploration of a shell, Woman with Shell, a shoe, My Fair Lady, lemons, Do you Know the Country Where the Lemon Blooms (Kennst du Das Land) or just their thoughts, Girl in the Boat and Making Her Mark.
Very much like Vermeer, everyday life is presented and celebrated. His paintings too, are life-affirming. And, he too lived in warlike and troubled times with nothing of this coming through to us in his work—just the opposite.
The many faces challenge us to pause and look deeper into their special story, their perhaps haunting expression. Those caught in a snapshot, On Henry Street, In St. Peter, On Broad Street, On Swan Street allow us a glimpse into their lives, a momentary encounter. With just the wisp of a tale suggested in an expression or a gesture, we are invited to reflect and surmise what the story may be.
The artist uses a painting technique called pentimento in which the final exhibited work has been created on top of layers of older paintings. Sometimes the older painting is fully incorporated into the new or it may be a ghostly presence showing through the final image.
In Three, for example, a discourse vibrates between the main figures—mother and two children under an umbrella—and an earlier painting of hibiscus. The figures and flowers complement each other and share in the quiet shower.
Above all the artist has realized the singular quality needed for her main task. The blooming is achieved through a use of energetic but controlled brush strokes and tonalities that give form to the subject and multi-dimensional strength. We delight in following the flow of brush strokes and writing, and in the positioning of shapes, old and new into structures that are lively and life-like.
We do come away from an engagement with people and things that has, for a short time, taken us away from the clamour and stress.
Kintsugi (Peonies) 54" x 30", mixed media, SOLD
Cereus, w/c and wax resist, 17 x 16 in
52. Cereus, 2014 (1515) w/c and wax resist on paper 17x16inches Price US$350
Sunflower in blue vase wax resist and inks on paper
46. Sunflower in blue vase 3, 2014 (1421) acrylic and wax resist on washi, 19x12inches SOLD
Blue Sunflower, Wc and wax resist, 17x14 in
68. Blue Sunflower, 2014 (1530) w/c and wax resist on washi on canvas, 17x14inches Price US$500
Singing in the Wilderness
Singing in the Wilderness, 2004 w/c and wax resist on paper 28x30inches Price US$ 750
45. Sunflower dancing, 2014, acrylic and wax resist on paper, 20x16inches$US 300
Blue Himalayan Poppy 2, wax resist and inks on paper,
Blue Himalayan Poppy 2, wax resist and inks on paper, SOLD
Sunflower 1 wax resist and inks on paper
8. Sunflower 1, 2014 (1416) acrylic and wax resist on board 12x12inches Price US$500
Sunflower 2 wax resist and inks on paper
9. Sunflower 2, 2014 (1417) acrylic and wax resist on board 12x12inches Price SOLD
Constellation 1, acrylic on canvas, 36 x 48" - sold
Constellation 2, acrylic, 48 x 36, sold
Constellation 3, acrylic, 60 x 48" sold
For your eyes only, acrylic, 24 x 24, sold
Hidden Vessel, acrylic, 24 x 24", sold
In search of another time, acrylic, 24 x 24", sold
My secret garden, acrylic, 24 x 24" , sold
No roots, acrylic, 24 x 24, sold
Obsession, acrylic, 24 x 24", sold
Only for today, acrylic, four panels 12 x 12" (24 x 24") sold
Peony at Inglis Falls, acrylic on canvas, 36 x 36, 2013 sold
Pink Peony, acrylic on raw canvas, 30 x 60 inches, 2013 sold
I am drawn to creating mosaics. It has to do with giving new life to old things and using random bits and pieces to create a new cohesive and meaningful whole. The history and earlier life of Barbados intrigue me. These pieces combine that interest: they are a song to Barbados.
Most of the shards used in these mosaics are from broken crockery and earthenware used by earlier generations, and are found on the ground in Barbados. The rains will bring these shards - sometimes hundreds of years old- to the surface. These little mementos of an earlier age are today threatened with extinction by the bulldozers of housing developers and the wheels of all-terrain vehicles, which show tourists out of the way places on the island.
The boards stand for two things: the vessels that brought, and still bring, people and most things to sustain life to the island, as well as the island of Barbados itself.
Over the years I have had help in collecting shards, particularly from members of the National Trust Sunday hikes led originally by Colin Hudson. Some of those members still collect shards for me, and many mornings I will find bags of broken pottery hanging from my gate. To all collectors, my most sincere thanks.