S I A R A B E R R Y
My practice is an overarching critique of American housing systems and ideals. Supported by first-hand experiences, research, and observation, my work is seen as a metaphorical narrative in physical, relatable form.
Using a combination of found materials, domestic symbology, absurdist exaggeration and wit, I create large-scale sculptures that capture the dichotomy of pressured idealism and the complex relationships we have between our homes, eachother, and our everyday domestic rituals.
A fundamental aspect of the work is the use of recognizable, albeit distorted, imagery. Welcome mats, fence pickets and real estate iconography are signifiers of the traditional American household, while language and manipulation redirect the viewer to a place of contemplation, raising the questions ‘for who?’ and ‘for what?’ My latest work has been a reaction to the over-development of my neighborhood, as well as the intentional and unintentional ways one establishes boundaries.
My interest in the domestic archetype is rooted in unresolved feelings of disappointment and failed expectations, having witnessed my parent’s marriage fade into an unhealthy homelife. Understanding the fragility of a home at a young age, compounded with current issues like over-development, gentrification and tension amongst neighbors in our political climate, I draw parallels between private and public matters of domesticity.
The home does not exist in isolation, but as part of a larger ecosystem. I find it’s my responsibility as an artist to not only connect these domestic dots, but to communicate and critique them as well.