Bernadette Kerrigan is a painter but her new project Foreigners, made specifically for the TestBed programme, takes her practice into new areas.
The work on show has evolved from a series of small-scale, unique prints created from spray paint, weeds and a technique derived from photograms. Both the process and materials have offered the artist an intuitive, freer approach to her painting.
The artist uses large, opaque sheets of polythene and applies the same technique as the prints but on an industrial scale. This impermanent material might be used as a provisional solution to board-up broken windows, complete a makeshift greenhouse, or as a temporary cover amongst many other uses.
Using an experimental cyanotype process on the polythene, Kerrigan creates a surface covered with overgrown foliage and weeds. The temporal quality of the polythene resonates with the ephemeral nature of the subject matter, its gradual degradation taking the image with it reminding us of the fragility in life.
Bernadette Kerrigan lives and works in Herefordshire after living in London for 15 years. She received a BA in Fine Art from Staffordshire University in 1995 and has just been offered a place at the Royal College of Art, London, to undertake an MA in painting starting September 2015.
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