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Meredith G Bergmann
New York, NY
Neighborhood: Greenpoint



ARTIST STATEMENT: Artist's Statement My work has always seemed cut out for me. I give myself assignments or I take commissions to find challenges to make heroic work in which the themes must be expressed with beauty and with irony. Light touches on dark subjects help me break away what’s monolithic or opaque. No thing, for me, embodies mystery, gives life to clay, or conveys narrative enduringly as can the human form. Loving to sculpt and to manipulate ideas, I’m happiest when I can give new meaning to old urges, or can warm a concept into art that’s worth the weight.
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  • Historia Testis Temporum: Pinky
    2010
    cast resin   48" x 48" x 22"
    "Interpreting Brooklyn" residency project, Brooklyn Historical Society. Monumental portrait bust in the style of busts on the BHS building of "Pinky", a nine year old girl auctione

  • Torso
    2006
    clay original, cast in bonded marble   34" x 17" x 12"
    Made in reaction to the bombings in London in July 2005, based on memories of classical sculpture in the British Museum, and in response to B. H. Fairchild's poem Beauty.

  • Cain
    2008
    Bonded bronze, gold leaf   26" x 26" x 2"
    First in a series of Renaissance-style bas-reliefs depicting Biblical characters in appropriate attitudes and situations that mimic the design of contemporary traffic signs, taking an image that has b

  • Urn
    2006
    bonded bronze   14" x 12" x 12"
    The size and shape of a standard wastebasket, this Urn is covered with bas-relief images of hands crumpling up sheets of paper with varying gestures of frustration or nonchalance. My models were all p

  • Urn
    2006
    bonded bronze   14" x 12" x 12"
    The size and shape of a standard wastebasket, this Urn is covered with bas-relief images of hands crumpling up sheets of paper with varying gestures of frustration or nonchalance. My models were all p

  • September 11th
    2001
    bronze   18" x 10" x 12"
    An allegorical figure of my city made right after the attack.

  • September 11th
    2001
    bronze   18" x 10" x 12"
    An allegorical figure of my city made right after the attack. Photo by John Bigelow Taylor

  • Silent Head
    1998
    cast resin, concrete   48" x 27" x 20"
    From the series Set of Sets, inspired by the resemblance between television sets and Roman tombs. In this Set the "talking head" of broadcast news confronts the viewer with the ancient gestu

  • Silent Head (detail)
    1998
    cast resin, concrete   48" x 27" x 20"
    from the series Set of Sets, inspired by the resemblance between television sets and Roman tombs. In this Set the "talking head" of broadcast news confronts the viewer with the ancient gestu

  • Boston Women's Memorial
    2003
    bronze, granite   30 ft. diameter, figures: 1.2 times life size
    Abigail Adams, Phillis Wheatley & Lucy Stone commemorated for their writing and their impact on society. Each figure represents a different age and creative temperament. The women have come down o

  • Phillis Wheatley, Boston Women's Memorial
    2003
    bronze, granite   bronze: 59" x 50" x 32"
    Wheatley, a slave in colonial Boston, was our first published African-American poet. Her pose is derived from the only extant image of her. She represents youth and Imagination.

  • Marian Anderson
    2006
    bronze, granite   96" x 40" x 42"
    Commissioned by Converse College in Spartanburg, SC to honor the world-famous contralto, Civil Rights icon, United Nations delegate and good-will ambassador Marian Anderson, 1897- 1993. I tried to

  • Marian Anderson
    2006
    bronze, granite   96" x 40" x 42"
    Commissioned by Converse College in Spartanburg, SC to honor the world-famous contralto, Civil Rights icon, United Nations delegate and good-will ambassador Marian Anderson, 1897- 1993.

  • Memorial to Countee Cullen
    1995
    ferrocement, unique cast   72" x 54" x 26"
    A commission from the Bronx Council on the Arts for exhibition in Woodlawn Cemetery, honoring the poet of the Harlem Renaissance. Cullen, who died at 43, contemplates his youthful fame in the form of

  • Memorial to Countee Cullen (detail)
    1995
    ferrocement, unique cast   72" x 54" x 26"
    A commission from the Bronx Council on the Arts for exhibition in Woodlawn Cemetery, honoring the poet of the Harlem Renaissance. Cullen, who died at 43, contemplates his youthful fame in the form of

  • Sweetness and Light
    1993
    hydrocal, charcoal, edition of 10   14" x 17" x 1"

  • Growing Up
    1992
    Aquaresin, edition of 8   60" x 72" x 3"
    An allegory of growing up, learning and creating. Below, small children are being trained to behave. Two trees provide a way to climb, through play, out of childhood. The treetops and sky are the worl

  • Labor in Massachusetts
    2009
    bronze   34" x 58" x 3"
    A commission for the Massachusetts State House with over 100 figures commemorating the 100th anniversary of the shooting of labor leader Edward Cohen and the history and achievements of the Labor move

  • Daphne Reconsidering
    1987-88
    modified ferrocement, fabric   100" x 84" x 60"
    Daphne, many centuries after turning into a tree to escape Apollo's amorous advances, begins to turn back into a woman. I love the insistent way in which the shapes of human anatomy leap out from
 








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