Harriete Estel Berman uses post consumer, recycled materials to construct artwork ranging from jewelry and teacups to entire lawns and sculpture with social commentary.
Sculptures include domestic appliances remarking on the roles of women, the influence of advertising and commentary about our consumer society. Recent work includes a bell curve 15′ feet tall and 28′ feet as a commentary about the impact of standardized testing.
Judaica by Harriete focus on the concept of Tikkum Olam “repair the world” with the use of recycled tin cans.
Berman’s work has shown throughout the United States, Europe, and Africa. Her work has been acquired for the permanent collections of 13 museums including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Detroit Institute of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Minneapolis Institute of Art.
“All of my work uses post consumer recycled materials for the past 24 years (starting way before the current rage for recycled materials.) At the time I started it was actually embarrassing to be working with trash. Now this movement has considerable momentum.”
“My primary material is recycled tin cans to make jewelry, sculpture, installations and Judaica.