b. 1975, St. Louis, MI, USA
Lives and works in Brooklyn
Based in Brooklyn, Katherine Bernhardt’s proximity to New York City’s iconic consumerist landscape manifests itself in her vibrant and humorous paintings. From her earlier works (in her ‘model’ series, Bernhardt’s female subjects become sickly-‐‑sweet objects of consumption), to her more recent pieces, Bernhardt asks questions about the role of commercial iconography in modern society. The artist’s unusual groupings of objects cause individual artefacts to lose their meaning or purpose – symbolic, it seems, of the deafening effects of mass marketing. Rendered with youthful quickness, Bernhardt’s works convey the joy of artistry – a technique that forms a sinister contrast with this sobering insight into our mass consumption.