Materials, memories, ideas, and emotions are distilled and reconfigured. These configurations are partly improvisational, and guided by the whims of my subconscious, but they are also exercises in formal and abstract experimentation.
The eventual goal is to build a language of materials and symbols that provides moments of surprise, humor, and reflection, both for the viewer and for himself.
Christian Berman’s sculptures are assembled with use of a wide range of materials including macaw, cockatoo and peacock feathers, African porcupine quills, mother of pearl and donkey ear shell; many of which profess his cultural baggage from a long family tree –culture as a medium.
A question Christian often gets: “Are the feathers real?” Not only are they real, there is a sure nature to a majority of his materials. Acrylic, which comes from petroleum originated from decomposed materials including dinosaur bones, was once just as alive as the bodies from which his body of work is made.