Bernadette facer is an artist who works in the mediums of printmaking and classical photography.
Whilst studying at the Otago School of Fine Art in New Zealand, these mediums were developed by mentors such as, Diane Halstead and Marilyn Webb.
Although now residing in Australia, her work often has a contextual connection to New Zealand, and that of her forbears from Ireland and of the United Kingdom.
Often thinking of her works as unfinished fragments of memory. They sit within an archetypal landscape, by means of print, and assemblage.
Current installations, incorporate delicate charcoal lines, abstract hybrid landscapes, mono-print and embroidery.
Stitching the memory, or lifeline to the past. Threads snap and break. Fractured memories part of a once pristine landscape.
It can be observed that Facer's artistic processes are often influenced by the sombre and contemplative black protest paintings of Ralph Hotere. Works often depict braided rivers as shadow water or ata wai. Black on black printing methods are used to serve as a dual representation for memory and of the depletion of resource, in the agricultural district from which she hails, Waitara (Canterbury).
As a member of the Warringah printmakers studio and of the redfox dada movement, she has been in a number of group exhibitions both within Australia and overseas.