Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Brandy Wolfe - "Stuffed"

Stuffed, Boston-based arist Brandy Wolfe's installation is in our space until April 6th. The installation includes family photos the artist found from the 1930’s to the 1950’s. They are accompanied by her own sewn stuffed animals that mimic the memories shown in the photographs.

Wolfe’s exhibit focuses on the connection between individual memories with specific material objects. The piece began with Wolfe purchasing displaced family photographs from online auctions, focusing on those that depicted children with stuffed toys. By recreating the inanimate characters from these photographs, pinning some on the wall and letting the others pile up below, she has put on display a dissection of these memories and alluded to the difficulty of actually recreating them. Like the displays in a natural history museum, Wolfe’s piece reflects the malleability of collective memory.

(Wolfe now residing in Brighton, MA has been featured in many exhibits throughout the U.S. She received her BFA in Painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art and Masters in Art History from Ohio State University. Wolfe has recently exhibited her work at the MCLA Gallery 51 in North Adams, MA, KSpace Contemporary in Corpus Christie, TX, the Atlantic Works Gallery in Boston, MA and will be installing work in the group exhibition Yellow at the Boston Children’s Museum this year.)

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