Sarah Meyers Brent’s friends tend to donate their
used clothes to her, as if she were a branch of Goodwill.
Not that she needs these garments to wear;
instead, she uses them to construct complex sculptures
in which their colors (faded to bright) and textures
(smooth or fuzzy) add essential qualities to
finished forms that can cascade down a wall like a
waterfall, pooling on the floor, or wrap around a pole.
Brent works in a high-ceilinged studio in
an old manufacturing building in the Boston
suburb of Waltham, Massachusetts. She
grew up in Hadley, New York, a small town
south of Saratoga Springs. She recalls that,
as a child, “I always did drawing. One of my
grandmothers made art, and I did it with her.
I assumed that all my friends were doing it,
too, but then I noticed they weren’t. I drew,
made things out of clay, and painted a lot
of people.” These pursuits continued through
high school, after which she went to Skidmore
College, not only because it is known
for its arts programs and is near her hometown,
but also “because it was free,” she
says, “since both my parents worked there.
My father taught in the biology department
...see the entire article in the print version of May's Sculpture magazine.
Decay, 2016. Acrylic, foam, and
mixed media on cloth and wire, 208
x 120 x 36 in.