Hi, my name is Cindy Berg. I’m obsessed with tree bark. Welcome to my website.
That’s not much of an artist’s statement, but the above sentence does sum me up in its own weird way.
I love the intricacy of nature. The closer you look, the more astounding it is. Trees and their bark provide endless entertainment for me. There’s very little that I claim to understand, but I still try to write about what I learn on my blog from time to time.
After years of working in a cubicle and spending most of my days creating digital work that could be wiped out with just a keystroke, I realized I love working with my hands and creating beauty in the physical realm. Metal clay, my primary medium, combines the earthy playfulness of clay with the solidity of metal.
Overall, I consider myself a mixed-media artist. I love words and find lots of inspiration in poetry that is too beautiful for me to comprehend. As an adult, I’ve taken classes and workshops on different jewelry-making techniques, but my formal art education ended with a drawing class in college. I got so bored with the instructor droning on and on about his political views while we completed our quarter-long assignment to draw our classroom that I drew oozing black rivers flowing down the walls. I tried to make them as dark as my mood. He told me they were too dark, and I stopped listening to authority figures.
Hmm, maybe that last part is really my artist statement. I’m a rebel, but a quiet one. Once I started adding profanity to jewelry (FYeahJewelry, to be specific), my quiet cover was kind of blown, although you still won’t hear me screaming. I’m more the whispering type.
What else? I’m from the Pacific Northwest but now consider Southern California my home. I love ashtanga yoga, paddleboarding, sunsets, my husband, my dog and yes, tree bark, in no particular order.
Anything else you’d like to know about me, just ask! Or read my blog.
Thanks for visiting.