Rarig, Berenice - by Melissa Hause
An interview with Berenice Nicolene Rarig
by Melissa Hause
Installation and performance artist Berenice Rarig lives and works in Perth, Western Australia. In this interview, she talks with Melissa Hause about her artistic development and her redemptive vision for contemporary conceptual art.
You came to visual art later in life after having worked in missions and raised a family. How did your creative vision grow out of these experiences?
I have always been a maker. In one of my earliest memories I am sitting under our Queenslander (a house on stilts) to escape the Australian summer heat and making dolls from sticks, string and mud. I am three. Raised in a minister’s home on a steady diet of imagination, love, humor, wonder, beauty and “making do,” the fumbling works of my hands were always encouraged and linked to the creative nature of the Father.