Brett Day Windham

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Silver and Gold Tassels, 2013 Four Months Of Accumulated Bits And Strings In Silver And Gold, Found Disco Ball Fragment, Round Frame, Thread, Glue, Scrap Wood, Fishing Weight. Gold 60 X 10 X 5 Inches / Silver 72 X 24 X 7 © Brett Day Windham
Bird Brain, 2010 Blown Glass And Every Feather From A Dove 4 X 7 X 12 Inches © Lu Magnus
Cypher, From The Sunset Selects Project , April 2014 Found Objects 12 X 12 Feet © Brett Day Windham
The Desk (My Friends and Me), 2011 The Desk Consists Of Twenty One Cast Resin Bottles Embedded In A Desk. Suspended In Each Cast Bottle Is Detritus I've Pocketed During Studio Visits With Admired Friends. 42 X 50 X 26 Inches © photograph by Lauren Coleman
Hornucopia, 2008-13 Accumulated Feathers, Horn, Foam, Glue, Nail 30 X 50 X 12 Inches © photograph by Lauren Coleman
Wing Mountain, 2009 Accumulated Bird Wings, Quilting Pins, Foam, Plaster, Glue, Paint, Shellac, Horsehair, Felt, Altered Piano Stool 42 X 25 X 25 Inches © photograph by Jori Ketten
Theater of The Incompetent Alchemist, 2009 Milk Crates, Wood, Paint, Glass, Vinyl Tubing, Gold Leaf, Garbage, Gumball Machine. 48 X 48 X 48 Inches © photograph by Jori Ketten
Verdigris Triptych , 2012 Collage On Board 30 X 66 Inches © Brett Day Windham
Fantasy lll (for JW), 2013 Collage On Board 20 X 22 Inches © Brett Day Windham
Rosary , 2008-14 Seven Years Worth Of Accumulated Found Objects, Monofilament, Vintage Glass Beads, Teak, Resin Dimensions Variable / 100 Feet Long In 2013 © photograph by Gigi Gatewood
Cypher (Sunset Park) , 2014 One Month Of Accumulated Objects From South Brooklyn And Three Framed Drawings 144 X 144 X 6 Inches © Etienne Frossard
PARIS FLÂNERIE, Installed at Art Marbella, 2015
Quick Facts
Cambridge, England
Birth year
Lives in
Works in
Hampshire College, 1999, BA
SACI Florence, Italy, 1999, Certificate
RISD (Rhode Island School of Design), 2010, MFA
mixed media, time-based, process-based, collage, color-based, sculpture, mixed-media, installation


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.