Sarah Meyers Brent: Salvaged Garden

July 1 - August 2, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, July 10, 2015, 5:30-8:30 pm

  • Sarah Meyers Brent

    Primal Garden, paint rags, foam, acrylic, and mixed media, 131 x 132 inches, 2015.

    Primal Garden
  • Sarah Meyers Brent

    Primal Garden (detail), paint rags, foam, acrylic, and mixed media, 131 x 132 inches, 2015.

    Primal Garden (detail)
  • Sarah Meyers Brent

    Mommy Loves Me, paint rags and mixed media on canvas, 36 x48 inches, 2014.

    Mommy Loves Me
  • Sarah Meyers Brent

    Ode to Pregnancy, acrylic and cloth on panel and wall, 39 x76 inches, 2014.

    Ode to Pregnancy

Press Release
Artist Website

Guest artist, Sarah Meyers Brent will share three-dimensional assemblage paintings and a large, mixed-media installation that will transform the Center Gallery into a wandering floral scene. Pulsing with energy that creeps, bursts and drips, Brent's work goes beyond beauty. The paintings and installations use the language of expressionism and the subject of organic growth to create pieces that seem to simultaneously decompose and flourish.

The complex compositions have base layers of impastoed paint and polyurethane foam, over which Brent applies dirt, sand, dried vines, leaves, and flowers. Growth and decay, and the "viscous ooze at the creation and termination of life," says Brent, are at the foreground of her works. Her salvaged gardens provide sources of wonder and hope in the midst of apparent disorder, and invite contemplation about the mysteries of life processes.