For Visceral forms, Berkowitz imagines the topography of the body’s interior structures. These cavities and spaces are imbued with psychological resonances and conflicting sensations of comfort and apprehension. Elements of surrealism inform her eccentric spaces, in which cells, capillaries and organs are magnified to absurd proportions. Offcuts from yellow, white, red and pink leather cricket balls are combined with hairy threads to create sensuous and richly tactile surfaces that accumulate into immersive and emotive environments.
Berkowitz has completed a BFA in Sculpture at RMIT, a Graduate Diploma in Fine Arts, Sculpture, at the Victorian College of the Arts and an MFA in Sculpture at the School of Visual Arts, New York. She has exhibited across institutional and commercial spaces in Australia and abroad, including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; LaTrobe University Museum of Art, Melbourne; Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne; Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne; The Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne; Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne; Artspace, Sydney; Sherman Galleries, Sydney; Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney; and The Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney. Berkowitz participated in the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial, Japan, 2003 and the Aichi Triennale, Japan, 2010 and most recently exhibited in Symphonic Encounters, Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts, 2012 and Roads Cross: Contemporary Directions in Australian Art, Flinders University City Gallery, 2012. Her work is held in numerous public and private collections in Australia and overseas, including the National Gallery of Victoria, Jewish Museum of Australia, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Bendigo Art Gallery and Monash University Museum of Art collections.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.