To achieve this beautiful crystallisation Naama Bergman submerges iron mesh shapes into a high concentrated salt solution but the amount of crystallisation is dependent on the temperature, the saturation of salt and how long it is in the solution. However, because it is a natural process Bergman is unable to fully control the process which I think creates delightful imperfections. The salt offers structural support but will eventually cause the structure to collapse over two or three decades as it eats away at the metal. During this time the vessels will change colour to a darker brown due to the rust from the iron. Bergman never intended for this collection to contain wearable pieces but more act as a “memory piece, as a collectable piece,” and as an “emotional piece”. Also, if the pieces were to be worn they would most likely not last as long. Knowing that these pieces will eventually crumble and change over time makes them even more fascinating and beautiful.
Junge Frejd (young boy) 2011 Intestine, 24K gold leaf, silver, spring steel, 10cm
Bergman collaborated with another artist called, Emi Fukuda, during the Dissolved Unresolved exhibition which explores the themes of mixed identity, cultural heritage, placement and displacement. After moving to Amsterdam then Munich she became interested in the difference between her roots in Israel and her present day life which began to be a main focus throughout her work. Bergman uses cow’s intestine in her work because it links back to her Jewish Heritage as it is a traditional ingredient in Cholent which is a stew eaten on Shabbat. I was very impressed when I saw the brooch, Junge Frejd which means young boy, because it was so delicate and intricate yet made with intestine which is often portrayed as disgusting. I sent Bergman an email to find out what was involved in the process of taking a cow's intestine and turning it into something so beautiful. Does she just pop down to her local butcher and take it from there? When I find out I will let you know!
he vessels that are made from iron nets and salt are appear to be containers but are unable to contain any liquids or materials. Naama Bergman believes that they are more for containing memories, to have a metaphysical presence as opposed to containing actual objects.