The artist Bernie Masterson is synonymous with landscape and exploration of the natural environment. Her latest collection of paintings still relates to mapping, but the subject in question addresses physical geography of a very different nature. The theme of the new work emerged serendipitously from her role as a carer for her mother, Jeannie Masterson. It was a comment she made about her skin that prompted her artist-daughter to interpret these areas, generating a process that was to gain its own momentum.
During the four years that the painter was engaged in the creation of this body of work, she successfully developed a two step approach. The initial collection of oil drawings deals primarily with the surface of the skin and its evolution over the years. The second part of the series melded the structural elements of medical record with the memories evoked by photographic media. The combined effect of the collection forms a narrative that gives visual expression to a vibrant life, becoming effectively a biography in paint.
The unique aspect of these works is that this series is the product of a collaborative effort between mother and daughter. (Dr.Maebh O Regan Ph.D in Visual Culture)
Sound art was pioneered at the turn of the twentieth century by visual artists in the Futurist and Dada movements in Europe and developed by visual artists in the Fluxus movements in Europe, America, and Japan in the 1950s and 1960s.
Contemporary visual artworks have consistently integrated sound in installation, film, and video.
The sound piece created for Drawing On The Body was made using the human voice, my voice. It is a unique primal sound source capable of producing highly intricate arrays of sound for every conceivable form of expression.
Three of the seven notes form the structure of the piece creating a recurrent sound, on which the remaining notes are layered creating the sound piece.
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