Sarah Meyers Brent

Beautiful Decay- Detail
Acrylic, Foam, and Mixed Media on Cloth and Wire
Visceral Landscape Collages

Media: Collage, Installation, Painting

Joy Street Studios
86 Joy Street 3

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Artist Statement

My paintings and installations explore the viscous ooze at the creation and termination of life - as relates to the environment and the human body. Using globs of dried paint, recycled fabric, paint rags, and decaying flowers, my mixed-media pieces flow out of and accrete to the canvas and walls. In this age of technology, when we are steps removed from nature, it is important for art to allow the viewer to experience what is alive and physical. I believe in a process of painting where the works are constantly evolving and influenced by chance. Further, I am interested in the relationship between geometric structures -- canvases, poles, and the edges of walls and the organic fluidity of paint and sculptural material. My installation works speak to natural disaster and the destruction of our environment as it parallels bodily process. In the dialogue between the themes of growth and decay pervading my paintings, sculptures and collage, my works are themselves in a state of flux, as if going in though their own degradation.

Sarah Meyers Brent's upcoming exhibit Growth and Decay runs from May 31-June 25 at the Kingston Gallery in Boston.

Sarah Meyers Brent has exhibited works in numerous venues, including her recent exhibit at Danforth Art Museum in Framingham, Seep, Spill, Grow, which was featured in Artscope Magazine. Brent was chosen as a 2016 Best of Boston artist by The Improper Bostonian magazine and she was the recipient of the 2015 Walter Feldman Fellowship, culminating in an exhibit titled Primal Garden. Brent was awarded the Fay Chandler Emerging Artist award through the City of Boston and was a recipient of an Artist Resource Trust grant from the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation. Born in Hadley, NY, Sarah Meyers Brent received her BFA from Skidmore College, her Post-Baccalaureate in Studio Art from Brandeis University, and her MFA from the University of New Hampshire at Durham. She maintains a studio at Joy Street Studios in Somerville, MA.