Sarah Braman unveils her latest sculptural works, made from scavenged household items
Although the title of Sarah Braman’s latest solo exhibition is You Are Everything, the artist believes that there is, perhaps, a more appropriate title, one that better captures the spirit of her new work.
“I think the unofficial name for the show should be Driving, Sleeping, Screwing, Reading. It turned out that a lot of the sculptures either include beds or actually are beds where you can lay down,” Braman says. “My husband told me the studio looks like a sci-fi, post-apocalyptic tent city.”
Running from March 10 to April 16 at New York’s Mitchell-Innes & Nash gallery, You Are Everything is the first New York solo show by the American artist in five years. In keeping with her singular style, Braman used scavenged objects from domestic life, like a discarded bunk bed, an old love seat and a wooden desk, as a starting point. The objects’ wear-and-tear is a visual testament to the passage of time, and Braman turns the utility of these items on their head, destabilising the notions of home and family.
“I very much want to create objects that allow the viewer to have a heightened experience with body and spirit,” says Braman, adding that her preferred artistic materials include paint, glass and “stuff I find.”
Naming Odilon Redon, Ana Mendieta and John McCracken as key artists who have influenced her work, Braman creates sculptural pieces that are heavy in symbolism. For her current show, she placed her pieces at unsettling, off-kilter angles throughout the gallery, suggesting the possibility of imminent collapse. Are the works tumbling, untethering or unhinging? Are they coming together and mating?
Braman’s otherworldly, large-scale sculptures, in rich pinks, blues and purples, invite viewers to be swallowed up into her overpowering universe.
A version of this article appeared in print in Selections, The One – on – One Issue #35, on page 20.