Mid-May – July 2019
In the John Brock Art Alcove, our featured artist is Brandy Stark, a sculptor and photographer from St. Petersburg. As an educator, she has spent a lifetime studying the shifting dynamics of human culture, teaching others about the pride of the ancient world, the marvels of the Middle Ages, and the wildly shifting ways of modern life. It is her passion for these subjects that inspires her as an artist. This enthusiasm is expressed through wrapped wire metal sculptures which host moments of time, personal energies and emotive states. These works become mediums for dialogue.
Her award-winning Metal Myths series evolved from a sculpture class that she took as an undergraduate. Metal Myths are made through a process of wrapping and weaving; this connects Stark to the long-standing tradition of women’s expression through tapestry. She utilizes metal as thread and chooses uses metals of different textures, consistencies, and diameters to achieve greater depth. To add vibrancy, pieces of the sculptures are hand-painted with various hues of alcohol ink. Found objects are also added to bring the piece into the present and to upcycle discarded items.
This series is designed as a way to attract a new generation of art lovers. The goal is to present elements of fantasy and imagination manifested through modern media to the audience. Additionally, these pieces represent a form of interconnections: each wire is unique on its own but intertwined with the others so it becomes part of the comprehensive whole.
Stark designs her photography to make familiar objects exotic and beautiful. The subject matter features a zen-like quality of stillness, quiet, and contemplation. The camera is used to exaggerate the image’s shape, form, light, and texture. To keep the soul of the photograph intact, few digital alterations are applied. Each photograph is printed in an enlarged format to allow the viewer closer access to the subject. Though the subjects seem readily apparent, the true focus is subtle. It can be the refraction of light on the surface of water, the abstracted shapes produced by a reclining animal, or the play of shadow across a unique surface.
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