Debra Bernier is an artist who creates wonderful sculptures from the nature in her surrounding in Victoria, Canada. Because of her long time dealing with driftwood, Bernier deliberately spots the significant shape and form of each piece. She would carefully add to or carve out the natural substance to create these intricate, feminine figures.
As she says in her artist statement, “When I work with driftwood, I never start with a blank canvas. Each piece of driftwood is already a sculpture, created by the caresses of the waves and wind. The wood tells a story and I try to think of its journey as I hold it in my hand. I extend or shorten the curves and contours that already exist into familiar shapes of animals or peoples’ faces.”
Debra’s piece is not only about wood, as she often mixes stones, clay, shells, and other found objects to add to her creations. Like fairies emerging in the forest and along the coastlines, her pieces are a true blend of humanity and nature which often inducing themes of fertility and motherhood. Shells which are a symbol of fertility in many cultures often help demonstrate this blend in her creations.
Bernier can expertly capture prehistoric stone Venus figurines in beautifully framed photographs. These jewels can induce calm contemplation as reinterpretation of a modern-day.