Brett Day Windham
The desire to organize and celebrate color drives me into the studio more than almost anything else. I love to find color in unexpected places, and also to re-imagine how it is used. In everything I make, I find great value in unexpected found and accumulated groups of objects. The conversation between my sculptures and collages has everything to do with these instincts. Intense focus on color also allows other concerns to inform the physical aspects of each project: I am attracted to making soft materials hard, making shapes that look voluminous but are flat, and to placing objects unexpectedly.In my research, I am influenced both by theatrical spectacle and spiritual tradition, and to avert hubris I often allow humor into the mix.
Brett Day Windham (b. Cambridge, England 1977) is a sculptor, installation and collage artist, living and working in Greenpoint. She received a BFA from Hampshire College (1999) and an MFA from RISD (2010). Her work has been included in shows around the country, including The Chace Center at the RISD Museum (Providence), Tompkins Projects West (Los Angeles), Cave (Detroit), Lu Magnus (NY), Brooklyn Fireproof (NY), Gallery Project (Ann Arbor) 808 Gallery (Boston) Samson Projects (Boston) University of Maine Museum of Art (Bangor), and RMCAD (Denver). Windham received a Dean’s fellowship during her second year at RISD, and was nominated for the Joan Mitchell MFA grant that same year. Residencies she has attended include Cascina Remondenca in 2009 (Italy), TSKW in 2010 (Key West), and Penland in 2005 (North Carolina). Her work has been discussed in Hyperallergic, The New York Times, Her Royal Majesty and The Bangor Daily News.