Berwick work in “The Singing and the Silence”

Work by Rachel Berwick (Professor, Glass) is included in an exhibition at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C.

Berwick has two installations included in the exhibition “The Singing and the Silence; Birds in Contemporary Art,” curated by Joanna Marsh. The exhibition opened on Oct 30th and runs through February 22, 2015. A video interview is posted at the museum website.

The two works in the exhibition are an installation titled, “Zugunruhe, 2009″ and new work that is being shown for the first time and is titled, “Blueshift.”

Berwick created “Blueshift” with partial funding from RISD’s Professional Development Fund. It is one installation from a body of work in which she is exploring song birds, bird migration and structural blue in bird feathers. This work consists of two very large cast crystal spheres, each with the negative impressions of song bird bodies embedded within. The negative impressions of the bird bodies form a topography that is found by looking into the blue – into the crystal. One sphere is pale (day) and the other a deep blue (night).

Rachel Berwick Zugunruhe 2009 cast copal, wood, two-way mirror, moss, metal, and polyester resin 108 x 180 in. (diameter) Courtesy of the artist

Rachel Berwick
Zugunruhe
2009
cast copal, wood, two-way mirror, moss, metal, and polyester resin
108 x 180 in. (diameter)

Rachel Berwick Blueshift 2014 cast crystal and metal 52 x 21 x 21 in. each

Rachel Berwick
Blueshift
2014
cast crystal and metal
52 x 21 x 21 in. each