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WIRED WILDLIFE - Sculpture Artist to demonstrate unique wire art technique at fair

EUREKA -- Wire sculpture artist Elizabeth Berrien will give demonstrations of her innovative hand-twisting technique from noon to 4 p.m. today through Sunday in Francheschi Hall at the Redwood Acres Fair.
"Most of my life has given over to pioneering within the realm of contemporary wire sculpture," Berrien, a Eureka-based artist, said. "Following my own path, weaving through 37 years of creative problem solving, I gradually divined the properties and nature of wire as I invented my own form of textile-based, non-traditional wire sculpture."

The medium, she said, is a hybrid of freestyle lace-making technique and structural engineering with infusions of weaving, basketry and other textile forms.

"It involves an interrelated series of twists and a hidden, underlying resilient structure that has great strength and resonance," Berrien noted. "There is an awareness of balanced tension between positive and negative space, fluidity and motion, delicacy of line and strength of structure, each internal abstract shape interacting with all adjacent abstract shapes and the sculpture's overall form.
Elizabeth Berrien inside a Bear wire sculpture
Elizabeth Berrien is pictured wiring from inside a bear wire sculpture. "Sometimes it just makes more sense that way," she said. "...When I do, I find it natural to pause and get a sense of the animal."
Animals are the central focus of Berrien's life, and she uses wire to express their inner essence.

"I am forever observing animals in motion and at rest to assimilate the spark that makes them truly alive," she said. "Individual strands of wire are intertwined into a detailed, accurate and expressive face that lends an intuitive sense that the animal's spirit is manifest within."

Until recent years, working in the field of wire sculpture has been a solitary existence for Berrien.

"Now I'm expanding its horizons," Berrien said. "I formed an international guild of wire sculptors and I publish a free online Innovative Wire Sculpture Workshop."

Berrien is this year's recipient of the Victor Jacoby Award for innovation and excellence in art. The Bayside Post Office is showing Berrien's work in its lobby throughout the month of June.

For more information about Berrien's wire sculptures or the online workshop, visit her website at www.wirelady.com
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