Elizabeth Berrien · World Class Wire Sculpture and Illustration · (707)445-4931 · WIRE MAGIC
elizabeth berrien's bbc wire sculpture illustration wins the Clio award 2008.
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Artist Profile of Elizabeth Berrien from author Michael Ball's Wire-Magic website

owl wire sculpture by Elizabeth Berrien Elizabeth Berrien's distinctive wire sculptures gain her recognition as one of the world's foremost wire sculptors. In 1968 she began evolving her own unique form of non-traditional wire sculpture, a complex hybrid of lace-making and engineering. By 1985, she had raised her mastery of the new medium to the extent that museums were inviting her to create one-woman exhibits. Today her works are found in museums, galleries, zoos, parks, corporate settings, sculpture gardens and private homes throughout the world.
Elizabeth Berrien's fluid, lacelike creations are remarkably sturdy and resilient. They cast intriguing shadows, and resonate softly when touched. Berrien begins each sculpture by twisting together single strands of wire. Twisting, stranding and splicing in countless additional wires, she creates a 3-dimensional line drawing, following the muscle, bone and feather patterns that best represent an animal's inner essence.

Berrien rarely resorts to using pliers; she feels "they get in the way". Her landmark Pegasus sculpture at Louisville International Airport was twisted from aluminum welding rod, using only her bare hands and a pair of wire cutters. None of Berrien's sculptures is welded - their structural strength results from careful placement of each twist within the structure. Berrien's splices strengthen rather than weaken the structure. With 35 years' experience working wire, she often twists and sculpts by touch, much as a knitter or musician would.

Fascinated with wildlife and nature since childhood, Elizabeth Berrien has never been without animals; it was only natural that animals become the central focus of her sculptures. Being entirely self-educated, rather than drawing from the works of other artists she derives inspiration from direct observation of how animals live and move. Her intricately detailed sculptures are woven as an invitation for the creature's spirit to occupy the space within.

Berrien and her husband, Nick Viesselman, have a small farm in Eureka, California, on the redwood coast. She welcomes inquiries about special commissions, large and small, and can accommodate most budget ranges. You may contact her at (707) 445-4931 or e-mail (below) to request more images.
World Class Wire Sculpture · Elizabeth Berrien (707) 445-4931 · email wireladye@yahoo.com

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elizabeth berrien's bbc wire sculpture illustration wins the Clio award 2008.
CLIO 2008
elizabeth berrien's wire sculpture illustration wins two coveted cannes gold lions in 2008.
Cannes Festival
Double Gold
elizabeth berrien's wire sculpture illustration wins two coveted ADC gold cubes in 2008
ADC
Double Gold
elizabeth berrien's wire sculpture illustration wins the coveted Obie Best of Show award 2008.
OBIE
Best of Show
elizabeth berrien's wire sculpture illustration wins two coveted Andy gold awards 2008.
Andy Double Gold
elizabeth berrien's wire sculpture illustration wins one show gold pencil awards 2008.
One Show Gold Pencil
elizabeth berrien's wire sculpture illustration wins double grand awards at London International Awards2008.
London International
Double Grand