Prilla Smith Brackett

I will be showing monoprints and a small selection of new mixed media works in the Full Tilt Print Studio, #4 & #5, at 65 Sprague Street.

My website is http://prillasmithbrackett.com

The following statement relates to the monoprints:

My approach to landscape is conceptual; I use landscape to convey more than a description of a place. 

I explore the intermingling of the domestic man-made with the natural, in monoprints, mixed media paintings on panel, and drawings: forest images & semi-transparent old furniture from a house my mother’s family lived in for 90 years. Everyone from my great grandmother, widow of a young painter who died in 1882, down to my children contributed to the rich ambiance of that house. Placing furniture from previous eras in forests I have known creates a narrative uncertainty I find fascinating. 

Old growth forests show the whole life cycle of trees. Trees struck by lightning or fallen trees with their branches making wild gestures show nature's violence. The domestic in such settings seems jarring, although our traditions see forests as places of make-believe, of solace & spirituality, of refuge & hidden secrets. But in the dreams of old furniture made of forest wood might there also be dark scenes of family discord? How do these disparate domestic & natural elements resolve shared conflict to arrive at peace at last?

The short statement below relates to the new mixed media work:

My new body of work explores ideas of enclosure, ambiguity, refuge and the human body, using spaces from Cappadocia's ancient underground cities and motifs from its many rock-carved churches. Like my earlier work, these new images continue to make use of layering, transparency, evocation of memory, conceptual use of landscape, and juxtaposition of the natural and human made.

Prilla Smith Brackett, a boston-Based artist, uses landscape to convey ideas. She is known for probing “varied landscapes to reveal hidden beauty and hard truths.”

Venues for Brackett's solo exhibitions include the National Academy of Sciences in Washington DC, 8 locations for a traveling exhibit in the northeast and midwest, and DeCordova Sculpture Park & Museum. She received a 2012 Finalist Award in painting from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Other awards include residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Ragdale Foundation, the Millay Colony for the Arts, and the Ucross Foundation, an Earthwatch award to Madagascar, and a fellowship in painting at the Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College. Brackett's work is in collections such as New Britain Museum of American Art, the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard, the DeCordova Museum, the Worcester Art Museum, and the Art in US Embassies Program.

Her MFA is from the University of Nebraska/Lincoln.

 

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