Working in shells, driftwood, geodes, and other media, Debra Bernier finds within her source material images reminiscent of fairies, druids, mothers, and mysteries of nature. She reverently journeys into the depths of those materials to reveal what is unseen to us, as she explains to My Modern Met:
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“Sometimes these natural sculptures were just created, like a spider’s web or the colors on a leaf. Other times, it took millions of years to form something I can hold in my hand, like a stone or a fossil.” She has gratitude for these amazing formulations and continues their legacy with her own additions. “There is a sacred connection between us and the natural world that is unseen. I try to make this unity visible through my art.”