In collaboration with a visual artist, Mary Bernadette, CoCreation supported a workshop entitled “Make Your Own Tools” with the “Schizofriends Art Movement”, initiated by Ketemu Project in Bali-Indonesia. In this workshop, Mary introduced tool-making techniques with found materials to a community of people living with Schizophrenia from Rumah Berdaya. Rumah Berdaya is a flagship psycho-social rehabilitation center based in Bali-Indonesia that focused on the arts for well being.
Mary shared about her focus in her community practices through the themes of “self”, “identity” and “home”. The tools created by the participants during the workshop was with the intention of producing unique marks that cannot be created using generic brushes. Instead, the unique brushes were created using found materials. These brushes that produce strokes and marks with the characteristic of the type of material used. Mary shared with the participants Japanese book-binding techniques to present together their mark-making creations.
Her work thrives on spontaneity of individual autonomy in art making. She works mainly with traditional mediums such as graphite, acrylic, ink and clay. She believes Art should be accessible and as such, uses Art as a medium to work with children and the underprivileged to encourage expression and creation.
Mary graduated from the National University of Singapore with a BA in English Literature and Communications & New Media in 2006. She also graduated from Nanyang Technological University School of Art, Design and Media in 2014 with a BFA (Hons) in Visual Communication.