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Meredith Bergmann is a sculptor who for over 25 years has been making work that deals with profound themes in an accessible, beautiful and stimulating way. She works on both public monuments and on a private scale. Her public commissions explore issues of history, race, human rights, disabilities and the power of poetry and music. Her private works often involve visual and verbal puns.

Nick Capasso, curator of the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, has written: “As a contemporary artist, Meredith Bergmann relies on her knowledge of history and art history, as well as her considerable talent as a figurative sculptor, to forge enriching links between the past and the concerns of the present. Her success as a creator of public art stems from her ability to make free, imaginative use of the forms and symbols of traditional sculpture to address, in complex yet accessible ways, the multi-layered personal and societal concerns of modern life.”

Her largest public commission, unveiled in 2003, was for the Boston Women’s Memorial on Commonwealth Avenue in Boston’s Back Bay. She is currently completing a large bronze bas-relief commemorating the Labor Movement for the Massachusetts State House.

She has written: “My work has always seemed cut out for me. I give myself assignments or I take commissions to find challenges to make heroic work in which the themes must be expressed with beauty and with irony. Light touches on dark subjects help me break away what’s monolithic or opaque. No thing, for me, embodies mystery, gives life to clay, or conveys narrative enduringly as can the human form. Loving to sculpt and to manipulate ideas, I’m happiest when I can give new meaning to old urges, or can warm a concept into art that’s worth its weight.”

Meredith’s articles, essays, reviews and poems have appeared in The American Arts Quarterly, Iambs and Trochees, The New Criterion, The New York Review of Art, The Tri Quarterly Review, and Sculpture Review. She is the poetry editor of the American Arts Quarterly and its related website: www.nccsc.net/poetry.
Meredith lives in New York City with her husband Michael Bergmann, a writer and director, and their son.

Pictures of her work may be found at www.meredithbergmann.com.