IN THE MAIN AND CENTER GALLERIES
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
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.
Dripping Plant III, acrylic on canvas, 48.5 x 66 inches, 2017.
Ooze III, foam, acrylic, cloth and mixed media on board, 36 x 36 inches, 2016.
Mommy Love Me III (in-progress), fabric, mixed media and canvas, 40 x 50 inches, 2017.
Mommy Love Me II, paint rags, foam, and mixed media on canvas, 35 x 38 inches, 2015.
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 with fragments 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.