Bernadine Fox hails from a place that is so flat you can see company coming ten miles away. She grew tall, lean, wiry, unruly, and fascinated by the human condition and our interpersonal relationships. Ethnographic-based, Bernadine’s work broadens that intimate experience of home and family to the larger community. By weaving colours, objects, and words, she constructs narratives within her oil paintings as she examines the cultural issues faced by contemporary society. Seasoned with a well-lived life, her painful childhood, an unusual background, and a willingness to examine tough (often taboo) issues, she offers a fresh socio-political portrayal of our culture and an intimate entry point into the human psyche.
Bernadine is not young and, accordingly, her work is aptly aged with decades of unique experiences born out of a willingness to push the boundaries and choose beyond the norms of convention. Art is her life’s work and fundamental to how she communicates with her world. Everything (whether it was her film work, that with survivors of childhood trauma, or her writing) has delivered her to this place where art is her focus. She knows that art, as a vehicle for social change, has a responsibility to embrace the power it wields and deliver its message honourably and authentically. Bernadine’s art is an unflinching investigation into the human condition: good or bad; beautiful or ugly. The work created out of this research engages the viewer in critical discourses (sometimes private: sometimes public) on topics such as children of drug addicts, dissociative identities and what signifies “home” while refusing to exploit all-too-easy forms of sensationalism.
A graduate of Emily Carr, her oil paintings are held in private collections in NY, CA, TO, BC, and Australia to name a few.