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Luce Foundation Center for American Art

Craft: Metal: Famous Selection, from "The Deceiver and the Deceived" series
Harriete Estel Berman

Harriete Estel Berman

(born Harrisburg, PA 1952)

Harriete Estel Berman at work

"Who is the deceiver and who is the deceived in our society when women are portrayed as 'pure, alluring, refreshing, and delicious, good as homemade?'" Artists statement

Harriete Estel Berman has made a career out of recycling metal food containers, dollhouses, and other household goods. The artist has created different series of works that ask what women in America can expect from a culture that demands sexiness as well as hard work. The fact that she works with a sheet-metal brake and other powerful tools that are traditionally used by men only emphasizes Bermans satirical view of "woman's work" in America.