THE BIG WON
Berrien has developed her own unique art form: non-traditional wire
sculpture. The uniqueness of Elizabeth's work with wire are her tools.
Using only her talented bare hands and a pair of wire cutters, she
captures the essence of living creatures, translating them into
intimate physical creations.
scupting class in high school started Elizabeth with her molding and
melding of wires into different animal forms, "I've simply always loved
animals, from bugs to elephants, and have been around them as much as
possible. I see grace and beauty in animals", she explains. Elizabeth's
sculpting includes a variety of work from life-size dragonflies to a
phoenix with a 25-foot wingspan; a woolly mammoth with a projected
length of 30 feet (including tusks) has just been commissioned.
Elizabeth and her work have become recognized by museums, collectors
and the public. She has gained such a following that she has been able
to develop her personal interest into a solid livelihood.
Actually making a living through expressing herself artistically both
comforts and astonishes Elizabeth. "There are so many artists out there
with as much talent as I have who don't make a decent living; it
mystifies me, but I seem to be one of the fortunate ones," she muses.
In the process of researching her creations, Elizabeth continually digs
and delves into the world of her subjects - whether real, or imaginary.
One of her more fascinating commissions was for science fiction author
Larry Niven. After reading and researching Niven's best-seller,
"Footfall", Elizabeth created "Fithp", a 13-foot wire rendition of an
alien life form as described in his book. This figure resides on the
grounds of Niven's estate.
Private and corporate commissions are especially enjoyable and
exciting. These requests usually come from clients who appreciate her
artistic ability but want a certain concept of theirs transformed into
reality. Elizabeth is creating an ongoing collection of rare and
endangered animals for the Greater Los Angeles Zoological Association's
Environmental Wildlife Series. Among her works are a California Condor,
a Black Rhinoceros and a Sable Antelope.
Having spent the last several years in Mendocino County, Elizabeth has
become strongly associated with the Highlight Gallery. Located at 45052
Main Street in Mendocino, the gallery welcomes inquiries either in
person or by phone
at (707) 937-3132.
While maintaining her contact with the Highlight Gallery and the North
bay scene, Elizabeth has recently moved to Eureka, enrolling at
Humboldt State University. Additionally, she has established her own
studio in Eureka. Anyone
wishing to contact Elizabeth directly may call (707) 445-4931.
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