Language of the Voiceless

Woman Made Gallery, 2018

 

Artist Statement

Bernadette Cay is an artist and author. Her work is informed by her experiences growing up in Chicago as Filipina-American daughter of immigrants, building software products in Silicon Valley, and reclaiming her creative voice and female identity in San Francisco. Bernadette’s work invites the viewers to consider the lives that we’re creating for ourselves and for one another. 

She recently completed her first solo exhibition at the SFMOMA Artists Gallery. #VenusOnMars offers an approach towards a softer and stronger future through the feminine within each of us. This body work follows her 2017 book Something More: A Working Professional’s Search for Creativity, Purpose, and Peace, which was named a Finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards for Best Overall Design. 

The artwork in this submission is a curated selection of the work from this book. These pieces follow voicelessness through the journey of the female experience. "Chicago" starts with the voicelessness from fear as a child and adolescent, first encountering race, religion, and gender. "Safety First" explores how this voicelessness shows up as an adult in the workplace. Finally, "Intuition" celebrates voicelessness that comes through reclamation and coming-of-age: a deep knowing beyond words that comes from being connected to one's personal truth.

Curriculum Vitae

Solo Exhibitions
2018, #VenusOnMars, SFMOMA Artists Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Group Exhibitions
2016, Gray Area Foundation Cultural Incubator, San Francisco, CA
2015, Visual Energy, Diego Rivera Gallery at the San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
2009, Art Affair, Stanford Organizing Committee for the Arts, Stanford, CA

Publications
2017, Something More: A Working Professional’s Search for Creativity, Purpose, and Peace. Finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards for Best Overall Design. 
2016, “No Window Shopping: An Exhibition about San Francisco’s Current Challenges,” The Bold Italic

Education
2017-present, Parsons School of Design, Certificate in Graphic and Digital Design
2011-2015, San Francisco Art Institute, Public Education
2005-2009, Stanford, B.S. Management Science & Engineering and minor in Art History
2002-2005, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Early College Program

Bernadette can be found in Brooklyn and on Instagram at @bernadettecay