berdine vd mescht
apart from short courses in painting and sculpture, the artist has had no formal art training.berdine works in various mediums and her work is mostly intuitive. she is described as an “outsider artist” driven by a very strong creative urge. her curiosity leads her to explore the unusual possibilities in objects found around her. she admires what’s honest, real and unpretentious. nature with its enigmatic force inspires her.the series of fibre objects are knitted and crocheted from grasses, gathered from her garden. when she started experimenting with knitting grass, berdine had no idea what would materialize from the knitting and crocheting process. her heart guides her hands. the artist was personally experiencing a difficult time when starting out with this project - the repetitive, mechanical action and the hypnotic rhythm of knitting and crocheting brought solace.berdine works without patterns, relying on instinct and intuition. shapes of little dresses start to evolve. small robes and shrouds grow from the needles, each with its story to tell. they become the metaphor for vulnerability and fragility of the young and the unprotected. one is reminded of the vulnerability we experience on many levels, and the fragility of life, of relationships, of our mental state and how we fashion material and information to protect us physically and emotionally.clothing forms part of our protection. often regarded as adornment, it also functions on a much deeper level: it becomes the protective shield against life’s crueler blows. it wraps, swaddles and swathes – offering sanctuary to the wearer against bad weather or danger. much like the weaver bird’s nest offers shelter to its nestlings.the artist lives and works in cape town, france and bali. she recently exhibited in france and is uniquely signed to manzart, franschhoek.