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Artist’s Profile: Brett Day Windham, USA | Collage
Brett was born in Cambridge, England and grew up in Providence, RI, surrounded by artists, actors and the occasional ghost.
She received a BA from Hampshire College, and an MFA in Sculpture from Rhode Island School of Design.
Artist in studio with cypher
Artist have also studied at Studio Art Centers International in Florence, Italy, Penland School For Craft in North Carolina, and Brown University in Rhode Island. Residencies attended include Cascina Remondenca, Chiaverano, Italy, The Studios of Key West, Florida, and Chrysler Museum Glass Studio Residency, Virginia.
While at RISD, Brett was nominated for the Joan Mitchell MFA prize, and was awarded the Select Fair Artist in Residence in 2014 and the ArtSlant/Georgia Fee Paris Residency in 2015.
“I am thrilled to be participating in Smack Mellon’s summer exhibition, opening June 13th, curated by Shlomit Dror. I will also be a featured artist in ArtSlant’s art fair booth at Art Marbella, in Southern Spain this July”
Later this summer artist will be contributing a special edition of collages toVestoj Journal Online in homage to one of her heroes, the DaDa artist Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven.
Brett will be running a collage workshop at Soho House New York on June 21st.
Collage is an intrinsic part of my practice. I use found magazines as fodder: I look for images that I can re-imagine, cut them by hand with scissors and blade, and glue them on paper in a slow and painstaking process. I try to get the most three-dimensional images possible on a flat plane, and to abstract color and shape from their advertorial origins. I use the practice of collage-making for idea generation and as a way of free-drawing with shape and color.
She will travel to Sicily early next year to participate in the multi-part, multi-artist project Due South, hosted by Marianne Bernstein Projects.
Making of the “Harlequin” piece in the studio & later exhibited at the gallery
I make art every day, engrossed in a quixotic struggle to turn the mundane into the miraculous. A big part of my practice involves long walks, where I collect the materials for my sculptures and collages, in the style of the Flâneur.
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