Bernard Appassamy

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About his work, Bernard says ;

"At work, I often watch doctors and nurses wash their hands before donning sterile attire. Besides the ballet-like choreography, I see a parallel with cleansing rituals attached to many religious observances, yet a secular 'sacredness' to the process".

In Benard's artist statement he also goes on to say;

"Sterile medical gloves come within a paper insert. Each paper is labelled with the glove size and item number, referring to the medical staff and patient. My stitching from recycled papers, combines stories of birth, life and death, in their infinity. The sterile setting is secular, but the space is sacred."

I have an obvious affinity with Bernard's artwork and process and had the pleasure of seeing the work in it's initial stages. The meditative quality of stitching together of paper reminded me of my own relationship with materials and the tenacious grip the creative process can have on you! Congratulations Bernard on going 


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