Today we’d like to introduce you to Sarah Meyers Brent.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
When I was younger I was always drawing. My grandmother was a talented artist and gave me some pointers at an early age. In high school I had a variety of interests but the art teachers were fabulous (and my science and math teachers not so much) so I continued my interest in painting and drawing. I received a BFA from Skidmore College in 2000, later went on to teach English in Costa Rica, and to two different graphic design jobs. Wanting to get back to working with my hands, I did a Post-Bac program at Brandeis University and an MFA at the University of New Hampshire. The program at UNH grew my confidence as a painter, and my interest in the materiality of my painting continued to grow.
I was plugging along as an artist and adjunct professor for a few years post-graduation, when The Hampden Gallery at Mass Amherst offered me my first solo exhibit. I then went on to receive the Walter Feldman Fellowship for emerging artists through the Arts and Business Council, which culminated in an exhibit. These opportunities helped to launch my career and were followed by solo exhibits at the Danforth Art Museum and Kingston Gallery, along with group shows at the Attleboro Arts Museum, Dorchester Arts Project, and The New Arts Center. In 2016 I was awarded “Best of Boston” artist by The Improper Bostonian magazine and am currently featured in the May issue of Sculpture Magazine.
After working in Somerville for 10 years, I now maintain a studio in Waltham, MA.
Please tell us about your art.
I make mixed media works to take the craziness of motherhood and life in general and try to created something beautiful out of it. My current installation uses all of the debris from my house and studio, including old kid’s clothes, paint globs, packing peanuts, rags, pieces of old projects, and gloves. There is a beautiful richness to these materials, which are otherwise considered trash. I want the work to feel alive: simultaneously growing and decaying. I incorporate the fabric and debris with dirt and natural elements.
Although I am not an artist who has mapped out the meaning of my work ahead of creating, I bring whatever I am thinking about into my work, including feelings about motherhood, concerns about the political climate, and fears about the destruction about the environment. My work is often in contrast to a geometric structure, sometimes the clean edge of a gallery wall; or my current exhibit includes a large molding oval fit to one of their walls. The oval has kids clothing and dirt pouring out of it.
I started out as a painter but am now also doing installation, sculpture, and mixed media work. However, I will always continue to paint. My paintings of decaying flowers and plants similarly drip and droop.
What do you think is the biggest challenge facing artists today?
It is sad to me to see so many arts classes being cut from grade schools curriculums and college art programs struggling. I believe that art brings so much richness to one’s life and promotes creative thinking that can bring skills to a variety of career paths. I also, think that the financial contribution of artists to society is often overlooked. Artists have time and again brought business to and created vibrant communities in areas such as Somerville, Fort Point, and SOWA. We then, however, get priced out of the market!
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
Kelley Stelling Contemporary
May 10 -June 15, 2018
In the Garden
June 30 -August 20, 2018
St. Johnsbury, VT
Ongoing: Webster & Company at the Boston Design Center.
http://boston.webstercompany.com/Art/Sarah-Meyers-Brent. I also welcome visitors at my Waltham studio by appointment.
- Address: Waltham Mills Artist Association
- Website: http://sarahartist.com/home.html
- Instagram: sarah_meyers_brent
- Facebook: Sarah Meyers Brent- Artist
- Twitter: sarahbrent
- Other: https://www.kelleystellingcontemporary.com
Danforth Art Museum