Katherine Bernhardt paints objects from her everyday surroundings with vibrant sweeps of color. She produces bold patterns from imagery that is deeply rooted to her experiences and her fascination with color and form, rather than the objects per se. Her technique is fluid, up-front and raw, often resulting in humorous compositions with inadvertent socio-cultural undertones. Mundo sandía attests to Bernhardt's ever-expanding pictorial obsession with sliced watermelons; multifarious mundane products like cigarettes, socks and avocados; and perhaps a few keepsakes from her travels in Peru.
This exhibition takes the form of a collaborative iteration of Bernhardt's signature painting process—the artist outlined items and shapes using spray paint and, over the course of four days, community members of all ages coloured them in using watered-down acrylic paint. The forty canvases were painted on-site, momentarily turning the exhibition space into a studio environment. Bernhardt also produced a set of wood works —a flower and a shark— that add a third dimension to her painted figures. Tinted fluorescent pink, they also function as 'painting' tables used during community painting days. Outside the exhibition space, a large mural executed in spray paint offers a glance into Bernhardt's world in an amplified scale.