Paula Brett

Born in New Jersey, educated in Chicago and Athens Georgia, Paula Brett currently lives and works in Florida.

According to Paula, "I am an artist who experiments with interactions. By testing the reactions between various art media and subject matter, my intent is to allow connections between different ideas, images and objects to reveal a new understanding for both the observer and the artist. My process often employs chance operations, the notion of “play”, and spontaneous creation. These techniques are then worked and reworked until some sort of balance between the conscious and subconscious is reached. My work often involves the absurd, created identity, coincidence, ritual, personal anecdote, and humor."

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Paula Brett

Paula Brett Biography

About Paula Brett
From color-infused paintings to video self-portraits, Paula Brett’s broad body of work incorporates various combinations of media dealing with ideas such as created identity, coincidence, ritual, and transitory spaces. She has exhibited work in New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, Budapest, Hungary; and Timiosoara, Romania.
 
According to Paula, "I am an artist who experiments with interactions.  By testing the reactions between various art media and subject matter, my intent is to allow connections between different ideas, images and objects to reveal a new understanding for both the observer and the artist. My process often employs chance operations, the notion of “play”, and spontaneous creation. These techniques are then worked and reworked until some sort of balance between the conscious and subconscious is reached.  My work often involves the absurd, created identity, coincidence, ritual, personal anecdote, and humor."
 
 
Paula holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts and Media from Columbia College Chicago. She currently resides in Atlanta where she maintains a studio.

Paula Brett Description

These limited edition photographs are Mandalas made from pieces of Candy, Jewels, Toy Cars or other favorites.  According to Paula, “The mandala symbolizes the law of the universe and since man is also a microcosm of the universe, many cultures believe that the mandala also symbolizes the human soul. Mandalas serve as collection point for universal forces…My intention with these mandalas is to arrange everyday sweets and favorite objects into a pattern which becomes sacred, where delicious turns divine, the enticing now exquisite.”  
 
These limited edition Mandalas are available in 20x20 or 30x30 sizes.  They can be framed with a white frame or plexifacemount.
 
 
 

Paula Brett Resumé

Solo and Group Exhibitions/Performances

2017          25 Under 26, Elisa Contemporary Art, NY

2016          First Fridays Seminole Heights, Christopher Wayne Home, Tampa, FL

                  Wanderings Group Show, CI Group, Tampa FL

2015          “Sweet Possibilities” Jules Place Gallery, Boston, MA

                  Sugar and Spice, Elisa Contemporary Art Gallery, NY

                  Affordable Art Fair, Elisa Contemporary Art, New York City

2014          “Sweet” Elisa Contemporary Art at The Design Studio, Bridgehampton, NY (July)

                  Affordable Art Fair, Elisa Contemporary Art, NY

                  Other Worldly: Mandalas and Spirits, Elisa Contemporary Art, NY

2013          Dylan’s Candy Bar, New York City

                  “My Favorite Things” Elisa Contemporary Art Gallery at Vintology Wine Bar, Scarsdale, NY

2012          “Fence Dance” video performance,The Studio@620, St. Petersburg, Florida

                  Recent Paintings, West Tampa Center for the Arts, Tampa, Florida

2011          Member Show Morean Arts Center, St. Petersburg, Florida

                  Pulchritudinous Art Exhibit, recent workWest Tampa Center for the Arts, Tampa, Florida

2010          Recent Paintings, Ybor Arts in the Park, Tampa, Florida

                  “Busking Bride” video and performance piece, Lolita Bar, New York City

                  “Zilpa Vipra” paintings, Yogani Studios, Tampa, Florida

                  “Movement in Mali” paintings, Workspace Harlem, New York City

2009          Recent paintings and drawings, Magic Passion Love Art Studio, New York City

                  “Mass Manifesting Mobile”, interactive installation,Figment, Governor’s Island, New York City

                  “Parallel Landscapes”, pastel drawings, Bikram Yoga Harlem, New York City

2008          “The 12”, Those Were the Days, video and performance, Muveleti Terulet Galeria, Budapest, Hungary

 “Six Degrees of Separation- A Hungarian Experience”, digital photocomposition, City College of San Francisco

                  Sörrealism Exhibition, Untitled, single channel video, Kossuth Mozi, Budapest, Hungary

2007          “Moscow: How I See It”, photographs, Millenaris Park Gallery, Budapest, Hungary. 2007

                  “Talking to Myself”, single channel video, NYSG Gallery, Chelsea, New York

Cake Mix, single channel video, Simultan 03, Video &New Media Art Festival, Timisoara, Romania.

2007          “Idegenek Otthona-Foreigner’s Home, Sea Changes 1-4, acrylic on canvas and Domestic Pinholes 1-4, Szív Studios, Budapest, Hungary

2006          “on otherness: a video compilation show”, Talking to Myself, single channel video, St. Mary’s

                  College, Notre Dame, Indiana

                  Talking to Myself, single channel video, Hungarian Multicultural Center, Balatonfured, Hungary

                  Her Shorts: 1st Annual Women’s International Video Festival, Dinnerware Contemporary Project

                  Gallery, Tucson, Arizona, single channel video,

2005          Cake Mix, ARC Gallery, Chicago, Il

2004          Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Birds of Passage, site-specific performance collaborative  with Jennifer Monson’s BirdBrain Dance,

                  Columbia College Television Studio, Chicago, Loonatics, interactive live video performance

                  Athenaeum Theater, Chicago, Fluxcore Art Collaborative Show, SurFace, video & movmt performance

2003          600 South Michigan Gallery, Chicago, Room with Askew Show, Familiar Portrait, video installation

                  Columbia College Television Studio, Chicago, After Baldessari, live, collaborative chroma-key video performance

                  Ox-Bow, Saugatuck, Michigan, Double Ritual, video site-specific performance

                  Humbolt Park Thrill Party, Chicago, The Shelias, movement piece, choreographed by Ania Greiner

                  Stage Left Theatre, Chicago, Fortune Cookie, solo performance

2002          Hokin Center, Chicago, LipTych, collaborative performance

                  Columbia College Classic Studio Theater, Chicago, Does the Ocean Ever Freeze, solo movement

Spareroom, Columbia College Classic Studio Theatre, Chicago, Becoming/Unbecoming, movement piece with Amy Cook

2001          North Avenue Beach, Chicago. UnderAware, interactive sculptural installation

2000          Lumsden, Scotland, Gate Spiral, site-specific sculptural installation

 

Publications:

Vanity Fair, Italy      WCBS TV

 

RESIDENCIES AND WORKSHOPS

  • Five Rhythms Movement Workshops, Budapest, Zagreb, and Ljubljana, 2006-present
  • Hungarian Multicultural Center Residency, Budapest, Hungary, 2005
  • Contact Improvisation Movement Workshop, Chicago Moving Company, Chicago, 2005
  • Performance Residency with Aaron Williamson, Columbia College, 2003
  • Gurdjieff Movements Workshop with James Tomarelli, Chicago Moving Company, Chicago, 2003
  • Butoh Movement Workshop, Spareroom, Chicago, 2003
  • Santa Reparata International School of Art, Discovering Florence Through Photography, 2003
  • Scottish Sculpture Workshop, Lumsden, Scotland, Georgia State University, July 2000
  • Fulton County Board Of Education, Atlanta, Georgia, Sculpture, Painting, Art History, 1995-2000
  • Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Georgia, Ferric Chloride Etching, Intaglio    1999
  • International Fine Arts College, Miami, Florida, Photoshop, Figure Drawing, 1998

 

GRANTS / AWARDS

  • Oppenheimer Grant Award Recipient 2002-“Whirligigs in the Windy City”, sculptural installation
  • Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals for student work, All City Art Exhibition, Chicago Public Schools,
  • Top Visual Arts Student, State of Georgia, 2000
  • “Pay for Performance” Grant, State of Georgia, Independence High School, 2000
  • Fulton County Teacher Grant Award Recipient– “The Webs We Weave–An Interdisciplinary

      Approach to the Internet and the Arts”, 1996

  • Fulton County Teacher Grant Award Recipient—“Pinhole Photography”, 1995

 

CONFERENCES

  • National Art Education Association Conference, 2007 New York City, Presenter- “Community     Within the Art Curriculum”
  • Art Chicago, 2005, 2004, 2003
  • College Art Association Conference 2005, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Illinois Art Education Association Conference
  • International Sculpture Conference 2001, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Monika Jones. “Expat-run Art Studio Opens First Student Exhibition.” Caboodle.hu. 07 Nov. 2007.

Andreea Anca. “Discover Your Inner Artist – Art Classes.” Budapest Sun. April 18, 2007.

Daniel Freeman. “Homegrown Expat Arts”. Expat Arts>Wordpress. 9 Nov 2007.

 

EDUCATION

Columbia College of Chicago, MFA, Interdisciplinary Art and Media, 2005

University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, B.S.Ed., Art Education, 1994

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