OPEN KIMONO: a solo exhibition of works by Betz Bernhard
ZINC contemporary is proud to present a new exhibition featuring colorful textile works by Seattle based artist Betz Bernhard. Bernhard’s abstract shape-making, pattern play, and retro color palette reflect the vintage trove of silk kimonos and hand-painted fabrics that fill her studio. Originally from New York, her artistic career led her to the Kansas City Art Institute where she earned her BFA, and later to Seattle for her MFA at the University of Washington, where she studied ceramic sculpture. Her ceramics background has influenced elements of her fiber art, incorporating structural elements and balance of form.
Bernhard’s hand-sewn works start as a simple scrap of fabric, sourced from her expansive cache of materials. Each found segment offers its own element of storytelling; the playful connection that materializes between pattern, color, shape and void weaves a narrative of diverse perspectives. Bernhard’s repurposed fabric art is constructed like an abstract painting, letting chance and intuition guide her creative process.
Bernhard has previously shown at ZINC in a two-person show entitled BROKEN RULES in 2018. She has created public art for the Woodland Park Zoo, the City of Tacoma, the City of Seattle, several Washington State Schools and SeaTac airport. Her work is included in many private and corporate collections.