Sarah Meyers Brent: Growth and Decay

May 31-June 25, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, June 2, 2017, 5:30-8:00 pm
Conversation with Danforth Art curator Jessica Roscio: Saturday, June 17, 2:00-3:30 pm

  • Sarah Meyers Brent

    Beautiful Decay (detail), acrylic, foam, and mixed media on cloth and wire, 208 x120 x36 inches, 2016. Representative of an installation that is being created for the exhibit.

    Beautiful Decay (detail)
  • Sarah Meyers Brent

    Dripping Plant III, acrylic on canvas, 48.5 x 66 inches, 2017.

    Dripping Plant III
  • Sarah Meyers Brent

    Ooze III, foam, acrylic, cloth and mixed media on board, 36 x 36 inches, 2016.

    Ooze III
  • Sarah Meyers Brent

    Mommy Love Me III (in-progress), fabric, mixed media and canvas, 40 x 50 inches, 2017.

    Mommy Loves Me III (in progress)
  • Sarah Meyers Brent

    Mommy Love Me II, paint rags, foam, and mixed media on canvas, 35 x 38 inches, 2015.

    Mommy Loves Me II

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Sarah Meyers Brent pushes the boundaries of beauty and ugliness in Growth and Decay with visceral, living works that traverse painting, sculpture and installation. Utilizing lush paint, recycled fabric, foam, decaying flowers, dirt and vines, her mixed-media pieces pour out of and accrete to the canvas and walls. Natural elements of flowers and plant materials appear throughout, drooping and decaying, maintaining beauty in muted colors. Brent's work is both personal and universal in theme, symbolizing how life feels, from anxieties about parenting to climate change, and trying to represent the good and bad. "Imperfection," she says, "is beautiful because it is alive and feels real." Brent sees richness in material that might otherwise be considered trash. Combining remnants of the natural world with collected detritus, she transforms these fragments to powerfully organic forms simultaneously growing and decaying.