I was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. My latest series of medallions are a combination of isolated moments as well as newly collaged landscapes. With this work, I want to highlight the importance of nature and it’s beauty. Nature’s cycle of death and renewal is a continual source of inspiration for me. It is remarkable what I have seen on my daily nature walks with my husband and dogs. Though I have experienced a few setbacks in my journey as an artist, including health complications and an apartment fire destroying my catalog work, nature has given me the will and inspiration to continue creating.
Within my photographic collages, I strive to convey the transformative and healing power of nature, as well as themes of rebirth and reawakening. Other driving forces behind my art consist of the rising sea level and the dangers presented by coastal erosion. I use my photographs of nature in hopes of visually preserving an ecosystem that is likely to one day vanish. I hope that the beauty I have captured inspires others to hold nature in reverence. I believe that it is our responsibility to do something, big or small, to contribute to the health of our ecosystem, locally. Small acts like planting more milkweed for monarch butterflies and wildflowers for bees, make all the difference.
Muffin Bernstein is a New Orleans artist living and working in the 7th Ward.
Questions & Answers
Describe your art in three words.
nature's beauty repurposed
Describe yourself in one word.
What do you love the most about creating art in New Orleans? What particular part of your immediate environment, in your neighborhood specifically influences your work?
I love the diverse ecosystem of New Orleans. I love photographing nature in City Park and around Mid City.
Describe your creative process. Are there any rituals or rites of passage you exercise before you begin a new piece?
I generally begin by taking my camera on daily walks in City Park with my dogs and husband. I shoot insects knowing that I will utilize them in a new landscape or collage.
Where do you draw inspiration?
Who are your artistic influences or gurus?
Louise Bourgeois, John Scott, Jacqueline Bishop
In New Orleans, art and music go hand in hand. What type of music, band or song lyric best describes your work?
Tower of Power: Only So Much Oil in the Ground
Where can we find you when you are not creating art?
What is your favorite time of day/day of the week/month of the year?
I love walking my dogs in the park both in the morning and the evening anytime of year other than when it's raining.
What is something people don’t know about you? A fun fact.
For many years I masqueraded as Roller Girl at Tipitina's.
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Where You Can Find My Work
All works listed online are available to be viewed at Where Y’Art Gallery by appointment.