'Beautiful Mess'

Sarah Meyers Brent installations bring beauty to chaos

May 09. 2018 12:55PM

A pile of laundry spills from the wall onto the gallery floor in an installation piece titled “Mommy Loves Me.” 

MANCHESTER — Sarah Meyers Brent’s “Beautiful Mess” transforms the clutter of life and motherhood into artistic pieces that bring a sense of beauty to chaos.

Kelley Stelling Contemporary, 221 Hanover St., opens an exhibition of Brent’s work with a reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday. The installation will remain on view through June 17, with a panel talk at noon Saturday.

“My work pushes the boundaries of beauty and ugliness in visceral, living works that traverse painting, sculpture and installation,” Brent says in her artist’s statement.

She utilizes heavily impastoed paint, recycled fabric, foam, decaying flowers, dirt and vines.

“In this age of technology, when we are steps removed from nature, I want my art to allow the viewer to experience what is alive and physical,” she said.

In “Beautiful Mess,” Brent expands on themes she has explored in previous shows, such as “Growth and Decay” at the Kingston Gallery in Boston.

“My works speak to the craziness of motherhood and life in general,” she said. “My studio is filled with paint globs, packing peanuts, paint rags, pieces of old projects, and gloves. There is a richness to the materials ..., which might otherwise be considered trash. I am able to use my artistic process to work through the mess of life, and ultimately arrive at a form — simultaneously growing and decaying — that I find really beautiful.”

For more information, visit kelleystellingcontemporary.com.

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