Born in Hadley, NY, Sarah Meyers Brent received her BFA from Skidmore College, her Post- Baccalaureate in Studio Art from Brandeis University, and her MFA in painting from the University of New Hampshire. The artist maintains a studio at Waltham Mills Artist Association in Waltham, MA.
Recipient of a 2015 Walter Feldman Fellowship, which culminated in the exhibition Primal Garden at the Walter Feldman Gallery in Boston, Brent was also featured as a 2016 Best of Boston artist by The Improper Bostonian and received the Fay Chandler Emerging Artist Award that same year. Twice resident at the Vermont Studio Center, Brent has also been a recipient of an Artist Resource Trust Grant from the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, who designated her a 25 at 25 Fellow. She was also featured in Volume 16 of New American Painting Northeast edition.
Brent has exhibited widely. Her solo exhibition Seep, Spill, Grow appeared at Danforth Art Museum along with her recent exhibit Beautiful Mess at Kelley Stelling Contemporary. Reviews of her numerous exhibitions have appeared in Artscope Magazine, Art New England, the Boston Globe, Sculpture Magazine and other publications. Her work is in the permanent collections of Danforth Art Museum/School, Liquitex Corporation, and in numerous private collections.
My work pushes the boundaries of beauty and ugliness in visceral, living works that traverse painting, sculpture and installation. Utilizing heavily impastoed paint, recycled fabric, foam, decaying flowers, dirt and vines, my mixed media pieces flow out of and accrete to the canvas and walls. In this age of technology, when we are steps removed from nature, I want my art to allow the viewer to experience what is alive and physical. My studio is filled with paint globs, packing peanuts, paint rags, pieces of old projects, and gloves. There is a beautiful richness to these materials, which are otherwise considered trash. Combining them as materials with which to sculpt and paint, I am able to use my artistic process to work through the mess of life, and ultimately arrive at a form--simultaneously growing and decaying-- that I find really beautiful.