Biserka is a multidisciplinary artist from the UK, specialising in textiles and hand embroidery.
Biserka was born in Newcastle in 1991 and graduated from Leeds University with a first class degree in Philosophy and HPS (the History and Philosophy of Science) in 2013. After several years working as an illustrator, she began embroidering in 2015.
Biserka’s work is concerned with identity; how we make who we are. Navigating often difficult spaces to explore individual and collective identity creation, she honestly addresses both the light and the shadow sides of who we are and how we become.
As a result, her pieces are melancholic but hopeful, never resting purely on one side of the positive / negative divide. Rather than being a conscious choice, this reflects the complicated nature of life itself and our attempts to understand the experiences we all go through.
Biserka is also engaged with reframing the historic role of embroidery as “women’s work”; playing with the prescriptive elements of embroidery, such as samplers and patterns, which traditionally centred around motherhood and the home and were intended to train women for domestic life. The repetitive elements used in Biserka’s work subvert this role by aligning themselves with patterns and iconography found in STEM fields, reflecting the ever increasing expansion of what “women’s work” means, as well as her own research interests.
Biserka’s work has been exhibited internationally and is held in private collections around the world.
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Also, it's pronounced BIS-e-ka. Just pretend the 'r' is silent.
Are you Still Nasty?, 16 November, Nasty Women North East, UK
State of Mind, 15 - 20 July, East Street Arts - Northallerton, UK
Mythology, 8 April - 6 May, Ann St Gallery - Newburgh NY, USA
Nasty Women Newcastle, 7-23 April, Byker Community Centre - Newcastle, UK
Modern Panic VII, Newspeak House - London, UK
Biscuit Factory Winter Collection, Biscuit Factory - Newcastle, UK
Transcribe / Translate, System Gallery - Newcastle, UK
Salon des Refusés 2016, SPACE - London, UK
Open Contemporary Portrait Award, Biscuit Factory - Newcastle, UK
The Victorian Dinner Table, Gallery at Munro House / Leeds Libraries - Leeds, UK