Marie Bergstedt artist

"Heart Beat" means to convey the close ties of Latino families. I often make positive pieces that relate to concerning issues but present a story that is positive. I have the opportunity to know a number of Latino families and recognize their special love for family. Here, I recorded two of my Latino family members whose hearts, hands, and dancing feet are just one of the the ways they bond and love.

"Heart Beat" 2019
60"H x 42"W x 3"D (Hangs away from the wall)
Hand Embroidery. photography printed on silk, applique



People, their stories, and issues currently being faced in our world launch my artwork. Family members, a mixed-up tree of bloodlines that nobody can follow without a chart, especially encourage exploration of contradictions, tragedies, challenges, and sometimes bliss. Add a lifetime of experience with fascinating friends and you have my inspiration and real life examples to unbutton stories, mend tears, and stitch together relevant visual tales. I search for the best materials and techniques to visualize the wealth of personal relationships and episodes I experience, with a goal to encourage viewers to discover their own narrative through my characters.