Siara Berry

Award: First Prize

bristles, ash, steel
72 x 30 x 8 in.

The intention of my work is to prompt associations to the domestic structure and the laborious commitments to one’s surroundings, and in turn, the commitment to one’s self. I find that the work illustrates the complexities of such relationships, while also addressing issues of functionality. How would one use this object? Who would one use this object with? What issue would be resolved with this tool? All of these questions remain at the forefront of my practice.

I use everyday materials like bristles and bed foam to convey a sense of familiarity, while challenging the form through exaggeration and impracticality. I feel this amplifies the tension between the recognizable and unfamiliar, the comfortable and the troublesome. (WI)

© Siara Berry