Lourdes Bernard is a Dominican-American Artist raised in Brooklyn. A graduate of Syracuse University School of Architecture she practiced architecture for 20 years and as a Consultant and Project Manager at Robert AM Stern, RAA and Enrique Norten's offices she led and collaborated with teams on high-end architecture projects nationwide. She is a graduate of the New York Studio School where she studied fine arts. Exhibitions include: El Museo del Barrio, PS1 contemporary Art Center, Boston College, The Wilmer Jennings Gallery, NYPL, 5 Myles Gallery. She received a Yaddo Foundation Fellowship and The Wurlitzer Foundation Fellowship. Her project The Women of April will be exhibited at CUNY’s Dominican Studies Institute at City College, Spring 2020.
An Art Statement
My work is research based and foregrounds individual, cultural, and historic subjects as a way to engage an audience and bring awareness to social issues. Drawing is the foundation of my practice. I work with a variety of media to create complex and layered mixed media paintings and drawings which evoke a response to an aesthetic encounter. I have a passion for all forms of drawing, for its intimacy and fluidity, and for its ability to surprise and to capture a particular moment in time. I want the work to be intense in its presence, and through its scale, strong narrative content, materiality and composition, aggressively attract the viewer. Aesthetic encounters allow viewers to unpack challenging issues and to expand their understanding on a particular subject. I use history, photography, sounds and language as mediums to create the work. I strive to create installations that invite direct engagement with the subject matter through participation in art actions that make visible the invisible.