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Naama Bergman

Through inventive, impeccably fabricated jewelry and vessels, Israeli artist Naama Bergman exploits the idea of change: emergence, growth, decay, and the tension that accrues between cultural heritage, physical matter, and fleeting time. By combining contradictory materials such as steel and rust, iron wire and salt, within classic formats like urns and pods, she questions the essence of creation, potential, and transformation; she provokes a confrontation between preservation and decomposition, while at the same time positing questions about the hegemony, function, and mutability of mediums and formsNaama Bergman makes protean objects that tell a continuing tale about the very nature of existence.

 

Although born and raised in Tel Aviv, tradition and nostalgia play major roles in   Bergman’s aesthetic, due to her east European roots. She holds a BFA from the Department of Jewelry and Fashion, Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem. Currently living in Munich, Bergman is pursuing graduate studies in jewelry with Karen Pontoppidan at the prestigious Academie der Bildenden Künste, having also attended classes there taught by master jeweler Otto Künzli. Bergman is the recipient of several awards, including a 2015 and 2016 Study Scholarship for Foreign Graduates in the Fields of Fine Art, Film, and Design/Visual Communication and Film from DAAD, a German foundation, which supports emerging artists; a 2008 and 2009 scholarship for metal design from the Israel Cultural Foundation in America; the Eithan Ron Prize, an award for excellence in jewelry design, and Irit Strauss Prize, a scholarship for excellence in history and theory, from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem. She has been included in exhibitions around Israel and in New York, the Netherlands, Germany, Tokyo, London, and Paris.

Through inventive, impeccably fabricated jewelry and vessels, Israeli artist Naama Bergman exploits the idea of change: emergence, growth, decay, and the tension that accrues between cultural heritage, physical matter, and fleeting time. By combining contradictory materials such as steel and rust, iron wire and salt, within classic formats like urns and pods, she questions the essence of creation, potential, and transformation; she provokes a confrontation between preservation and decomposition, while at the same time positing questions about the hegemony, function, and mutability of mediums and formsNaama Bergman makes protean objects that tell a continuing tale about the very nature of existence.

 

Although born and raised in Tel Aviv, tradition and nostalgia play major roles in   Bergman’s aesthetic, due to her east European roots. She holds a BFA from the Department of Jewelry and Fashion, Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem. Currently living in Munich, Bergman is pursuing graduate studies in jewelry with Karen Pontoppidan at the prestigious Academie der Bildenden Künste, having also attended classes there taught by master jeweler Otto Künzli. Bergman is the recipient of several awards, including...

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