Chris Berti brings a special kind of reverence to his sculpture of animals and everyday objects. Organic in their reflection of the natural world, each form is sculpted with honesty and care. Berti’s stone sculpture is inviting to the touch and embodies an overall sense of calm and a living spirit. The artist's recent carvings transform found, ceramic drainage tiles from the turn of the century, antique bricks, and found beaver-cut logs into completely new life-forms.
"In nature, the stone evolves and changes, hit by rain and sun, it fades and erodes. It may be covered or things may be added. In a sense, I speed up the process and uncover my ideas as natural forces uncover qualities of the rock through time and energy." -Chris Berti
Selected Public Collections
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C.; Brooks Museum, Millikin University, Decatur, IL; Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI; Illinois State Museum, Springfield, IL; Lafayette Museum of Art, Lafayette, IN; Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC; Montreal Museum of Art, Montreal, Quebec; National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts; South Bend Art Museum, South Bend, IN; Southern Illinois University Museum, Carbondale, IL; Charles A. Wustum Museum of Art, Racine, WI