Robyn Bernadt is a paper artist residing in Boorloo (Perth), on Whadjuk Noongar Boodja, and graduated from Edith Cowan University with a Bachelor of Visual Art in 1999.
After completing university, Bernadt was without an art studio. Due to limited space, she began making postcard-sized collages from found paper and second-hand books. Further developing her practice, she began to experiment with pop-up techniques and structural packaging design.
In her current works Bernadt explores flesh and the aesthetics of sexual desire in a series of intricate hand-cut paper works that blend traditional needle lace patterns with Playboy centrefolds. The interplay of skin and pattern engage the viewer in a ‘reveal and conceal’ relationship, that mimicks the act of a peep show. Lace, a delicate web-like fabric that originally signified wealth and status, has become a material associated with erotica due to the relationship it has with the skin.
Bernadt will be showing at KolbuszSpace in Feb 2023.
Image: Lace I, 2022. Playboy Centrefold cut-out, 40 x 74cm