b. 1975, London; lives and works in London
1995-1999 Saint Martins School of Art and Design, London
2014-2016 MFA Slade School of Art, London
Represented by Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery London/Berlin/Nevlunghavn
22 July 2021 Solo show at Kristin Hjellegerde London bridge
After obtaining her BA in Fashion at Central Saint Martins in 1999, Sara Berman founded and ran her eponymous fashion brand for 15 years. This involvement with clothing and the body led to a visual arts practice that combines painting and textile works.
Berman’s work deals with the spaces we occupy. Corporeal, haptic, cerebal, societal. Space as an extension of self. Clothing, textiles, the domestic interior and the female body provide the platform for an exploration of materiality through painting, weaving, assemblage, collage and drawing.
Berman has had solo shows in London, Hong Kong, LA and New York as well as being included in multiple group shows both in the UK and abroad. Her work is held in a number of private collections and institutions.
Me and My Big Mouth
A dialogue between painting and textiles. Feeding into each other, joining at the seams, meeting in uncomfortable places. There is a bleed in my work; a contamination. I can attempt a sanitization, a cleaning up of the domestic detritus into a cupboard marked ‘Practice’ but the bleed is the point, the uncomfortable nooks of the female bodily experience. This is the issue. Pass me a tissue so I can clean it all up for you and put something on. Clothing as objects of confinement, of protection, of identity, of safety. Inside. Outside.
Painting is a game of materiality. The visceral qualities of paint. Layered, built up, scraped back and bruised. Emerging from violence of its own making. Searching.
It is important to start any search with a map of the road to nowhere. My map is The Harlequin. An outfit, a costume The perfect disguise. The perfect reveal. It all starts with her. The Harlequin as a Woman is No Joker. She is the Trickster Whore. The Witch, the Shrew, the Sorceress with the voice of a Harpy. Fear her with her big mouth, her bloody gash. But I digress, I transgress. Me and My Big Mouth.
2020 Isolated Observations. Candida Stevens Gallery. Group show
2020 We Could Apply Our Lipstick. C&C Gallery. Group show
2020 Supastore. NIDA Art Colony, Lithuania. Group show
2020 Cure3 exhibition. Bonhams London. Group show
2019 Hauser and Wirth Hospital Rooms Fundraising Auction. Group
2019 Exeter Contemporary Open
2019 Think In Pictures NYC curated by John Newsom and Matt Dillon
2018 ‘Matter Out Of Place’ Solo show at 93 Baker St London curated by VO Curations and supported by Outset
2018 ‘Between Community and commerce’ Solo Installation ZAZ10TS 10times Square, NYC curated by Tamar Dresdner
2018 ‘Double Ententre’ Solo show Anat Ebgi, LA
2018 ‘Solitaire’ two person show at Sapar Contemporary NYC
2017 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
2017 Solo show at Galerie Huit Hong Kong
2017 Dark Wood at Transition Gallery curated by Henry Hussey
2017 Young Gods at Charlie Smith Gallery
2016 ‘topophobophilia’ Gallery 46
2016 Slade Graduate Show
2016 ‘Names’ show Transition Gallery
2015 ‘Imagine’ at Londonewcastle Project Space
2015 Symposium for Drawing BAK Museum Utrecht
2015 BP portrait prize at National Portrait Gallery