Class of 2023 • Print

Leia Bernstein

Leia Bernstein
Limerick School of Art and Design


Graduation Year
Class of 2023


My work is strongly influenced by the Surrealist movement, which is represented with the use of dream-like imagery and unexpected juxtapositions. I draw inspiration from vintage furniture catalogues and advertisements, particularly from the consumer-driven culture of the 70s, the work comments on the excesses of consumerism and the commodification of everyday objects. My work also emulates anti-advertisement art, which sought to subvert traditional marketing techniques. I work in a variety of printmaking processes such as silkscreen, intaglio, and relief, as well as repurposing found materials, magazine cut outs and objects to create my work. Through this process, I aim to give new life to the discarded pieces I have collected.My work explores a nightmarish vision of the future, where household furniture has become sentient and wreaks havoc on its owners. I often use images captured in charity shops which serve as the foundation to creating my surreal depictions of furniture sprouting human body parts, spitting out limbs, and even growing hair. By presenting a literal metaphor of furniture consuming humans, my graduate work serves as a cautionary tale, urging viewers to reconsider the items they surround themselves with.
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