Brett Day Windham
SACI Florence, Italy, 1999, Certificate
RISD (Rhode Island School of Design), 2010, MFA
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 flat shapes look voluminous, and placing objects unexpectedly. In my research, I am influenced by theatrical spectacle and spiritual tradition, and by cultural moments where the pulic fears that a sense of magic is being squeezed out in the name of progress. I use the byproducts and refuse of this supposed progress to create moments of mysticism, magic, humor and ritual.
Brett Day Windham (b. Cambridge, England) 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) Samsøn 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 The Select Fair Residency in 2014 (New York), The Chrysler Museum Glass Studio in 2013 (Norfolk, Virginia), Cascina Remondenca in 2009 (Chiaverano, Italy), TSKW in 2010 (Key West, Florida), and Penland in 2005 (Penland, North Carolina). Her work has been discussed in Hyperallergic, The New York Times, Whitewall Magazine, Her Royal Majesty and The Bangor Daily News.