a blank canvas – it’s the one thing that scares or excites most people. artists prefer the blank white space as it helps them plant a seed of an idea on the plain white expanse.
and then on the other hand, we have artists who prefer taking something from nature and starting off on their creative journey only after mother nature has started weaving her magic on it.
meet debra bernier – a sculptor from victoria, canada who uses material like driftwood, clay and shells to create intricate pieces in her series called ‘shaping spirit’, where the human form fuses into the natural material that she is working with.
debra says, “when i work with driftwood, i never start with a blank canvas. each piece of driftwood is already a sculpture, created by the caresses of the waves and wind, the wood tells a story and i try to think of its journey as i hold it in my hand. i extend or shorten the curves and contours that already exist into familiar shapes of animals or peoples’ faces.”
when asked, what inspires her, she said that inspiration comes from her love for what is most sacred in the world – children, animals, nature. “the finished pieces are a reflection of not only my life, my family, and children, but of an eternal, sacred connection we all share with nature.”
if there was one thing that struck us in debra’s work was the simplicity in what seemingly looks like an extremely complex composition. in her own words, she says, “simplicity brings me more happiness than complexity and i hope to share this with others.”