2020 BFA THESIS SHOW
BOSTON UNIVERSITY
COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS


























 


TIMOTHY JAMES BERGERON

tjbergeronartist.wixsite.com
@t.j._bergeronart


A wooden panel is a very engaging material to work with: It is dead. It is always moving and reacting. Even while restrained to a support structure, wood continues to warp with different temperatures and levels of moisture. It has a life of its own. It is fighting back. Through this fight I get to know my material and come to understand it as an object. The life of the wood feeds my work. The reaction of the panel that I make as support for my painted surface introduces chance as each wooden surface not only looks different but responds to the paint unlike anything before. When the panel is hung on the wall it transforms from an object to an image. I begin to paint by appropriating the layers of the tree though I never know how far I can or want to push the tree’s fingerprint. It is not my intention to hide these structures under layers of paint, but instead to highlight them through the tracing of layers, giving authorship to the tree in my work. While the image may be the foremost quality of my work, the life of the wood is present. It continues to add spirit and atmosphere in whatever I create. This spirit is a taste of the life that emits from the trees in the woods from which all of my work originates.


Spirit of the Wood, 2019, dirt, charcoal, wax, graphite, acrylic, seeds, berries, wood, fern leaves, and other miscellaneous natural matter on handmade wooden panel, 48 x 48”

Child of the Wood, 2020, acrylic on handmade wooden panel, 36 x 72”

Beast of the Wood, 2020, acrylic on handmade wooden panel, 36 x 72”


Point of View, 2020, acrylic on handmade wooden panel, 48 x 48”

The Lost Face in the Stone, 2020, acrylic on handmade wooden panel, 48 x 48”