Q + A: Berny Bacic
BERNY BACIC USES SHAPE TO TRANSCRIBE HER EMOTIONAL STATE.
How would you describe your art?
I explore the nuances of balance, structure and the various shades of our emotional existence through minimalist and abstract composition. My paintings explore the self, our various fragments, and how they interweave together to create the story of us.
Did you attend art school?
I attended art school when I left high school for a period of time before transferring to graphic design. After working as a commercial designer and artist for almost 20 years, I’ve returned to practice fine art in recent years and am largely self-taught.
Take us through your process…
I work with acrylics, mixed media and gouache. Many of my recent works are mixed media, using pumice and gesso. I use contrasting textures to create tension between shapes. I generally start with sketching and playing with the composition of shapes on paper to establish direction for each piece. I then begin the process on canvas, painting each layer at a time, across multiple pieces at a time. Whilst painting the base layers my process is playful, random and spontaneous, then slowly as the layers build up, definitive shapes and structures begin to form.