Bern Behan

Mostly 35mm abstract photographs with mixed media

I mainly use a Canon AE1 camera to photograph compilations of rubbishy materials found around my flat. I throw light on these loose constructions to try give them a more mysterious & precious "feel".. My artwork reflects inner wrangles, tangles & tortures (not forgetting the joys!) which intermingle & sometimes settle & loosen up in the right light (ie. real care for self, others & from others - Maytree Sanctuary in Finsbury Park was just one vital example of this for me 5 years ago ). I love finding the beauty & distinctivess in the seemingly worthless, ordinary, decaying & torn. I've been on a lot of intense meditation courses which makes me very reflective (or because I'm reflective?) My art gives glimpses into my meditative journey at times - by no means always pretty!! Sometimes I haven't got it in me to create, other times I've had to create in order to at least visually note and validate the internal- torrent in process, the joy & pain ('fighting in the corridors inside' to quote The Guillemots). The activity of making helps perhaps dilute & dissolve intensity & stuckness and the seemingly mountainous inner weight and exhaustion of being. Piercing the "rubbish" with light forces me to see things transforming before my eyes when I feel it hard to believe in the possibility. Other peoples art helps at times too, it can be uplifting and hope giving to see creative evidence of the manifestations of their life questions, symbols and relationship with nature, universe, self & others - many wonderful examples on this site. Thanks.

Comments

31/07/2017

Sinéad Habron

Beautiful artwork! There is a sacred mystery to these pieces. Exhibiting any time soon?

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