Originally videotaped in 1982, this video captures artist Harriete Estel Berman describing the function and meaning behind her appliance sculptures.
These sculptures were fabricated from sheet and wire to look like manufactured domestic appliances as a social commentary about the roles of women in society. They are not found objects.
At the time it was very radical approach to paint and plate traditional metalwork - literally sacrilege in the world of metalsmithing. Hand fabrication of manufactured appliances was a commentary about the value and influence of consumer goods in our society.
While the video doesn't exactly measure up to the standards of video today...I hope you'll enjoy this time travel. It was originally video taped at a solo exhibition of my work in 1982 at the California Crafts Museum. The video each time is one "take". So the series is similar, each time it is slightly different.