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Brenda Farris                                                                   sculpture

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B. S. Farris

2886 Russell Street

Portage  IN  46368

 

phone:  (219) 781-0501 

 

email: 

brendafarris1@gmail.com

I am Brenda Farris (B.S. Farris) a sculptor from Portage, Indiana. I have spent the last 8 years making figurative clay sculptures exploring facial expressions and how they communicate emotions.

No one thought I would ever go to college. Growing up with dyslexia, a learning disability and physical disabilities of the legs, I was told by a teacher that I would not amount to anything more than a hamburger flipper. This grim outlook provoked me to work very hard and to excel to prove her wrong. In 2011, I got my Master of Art degree in ceramic from Governors State University.

Someone asked me, "Why clay?"  I told them, “I love everything about clay; the smell the tactile nature of the medium, and the plasticity of it. I am trying to stretch it and me, to its maximum potential.  In seeing how far and how big I can take it; with every new sculpture, I am finding who I am. I have found the courage to do more. I do Art as an outlet for my energy, and therapy to keep me sane. This clay thing has changed my whole life. It has given me inner strength to go on, and do more. It is like a drug that I cannot get enough of.

I work in a method like most ceramic sculptors. The inceptions of these pieces starts out with an armature that I put bubble wrap on in the shape of the persons head then I get a large block of clay cut it into slices then drape it over the bubble wrap; I take a paddle and beat until I get the desired shape. Then I sculpt the persons face with my hands. When the visual image I desire is done and the front is dry enough to flip over without damage to the features; I flip it over on foam and the grunt work starts. The excess clay from the back is painstakingly carved out until the piece is uniformly thick in all areas.

I do commission work - just email me.  Thanks for looking at my work.

EDUCATION:

2011 MA, Art, Governors State University, University Park, IL

2008 BA, Art, Indiana University Northwest, Gary, IN

2008 Minor, Art History, Indiana University Northwest, Gary, IN

2005 AA-- General Studies, Indiana University Northwest, Gary, IN

LECTURES:

2012 February 1, Marsh Elementary School, Michigan City, IN

2012 February 14, Marsh Elementary School, Michigan City, IN

2012 January 28, Explore the South Shore, Indiana Welcome Center, Hammond IN

2009 December 9, Eye Candy, Governors State University, University Park, IL

SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

2012 Face in a Crowd, Dorothea Thiel Gallery, South Suburban College, South Holland, IL

2012 Fairytales, Corner Stone Art Gallery, Whiting, IN

2011 Face in a Crowd, Visual Arts Gallery, Governors State

University, University Park, IL

2011 Tape me to the Moon, Corner Stone Art Gallery, Whiting, IN

2011 Face in a Crowd, Corner Stone Art Gallery, Whiting, IN

2008 Trial by Fire, Corner Stone Art Gallery, Whiting, IN

GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

2012 18artists, Three Oaks Gallery, Three Oaks, MI.

2012 18 Artists, Community Arts Center, Cedar Lake, IN

2012 18 Artists, Hammond Arts Center, Hammond, IN

2012 Art on Campus: Alumni Show2012, Visual Arts Gallery, Governors State

University, University Park, IL

2012 Indiana University Alumni Show, Indiana University Gallery, Gary, IN.

2012 The Struggle for Art 3, Cornerstone Gallery, Whiting, IN

2012 Family Affair, Cornerstone Gallery, Whiting, IN

2011 7th Annual National Self-Portrait Exhibition, 33 Contemporary Gallery, Chicago

2011 Illiana Artists Members, Indian Welcome Center, Hammond, IN

2011 Cornerstone Artists Members, Cornerstone Gallery, Whiting, IN

2011 Value, Volume, Variety, Cornerstone Gallery, Whiting, IN

2011 18 Artists, Vogt Gallery, Tinley Park, IL

2011 18 Artists, Cornerstone Gallery, Whiting, IN

2011 The Struggle for Art 3, Cornerstone Gallery, Whiting, IN

2011 Pish Posh, Cornerstone Gallery, Whiting, IN

2011 Governors State University Art Show, Visual Arts Gallery, Governors State University, University Park, IL

2010 18 Artists, Cornerstone Gallery, Whiting, IN

2010 The Struggle for Art 2, Cornerstone Gallery, Whiting, IN

2010 Cornerstone artist, Indian Welcome Center, Hammond, IN

2010 Photo Arts 2, Cornerstone Gallery, Whiting, IN

2010 18 Artists, Chesterton Art Center, Chesterton, IN

2010 18 Artists at the Lakefront, Lake Street Gallery at Miller Beach, Gary, IN

2010 Trash to Treasure 10, Indian Welcome Center, Hammond, IN

2010 Eclectic Arts, Cornerstone Gallery, Whiting, IN

2010 Oliver Brown XV, Cornerstone Gallery, Whiting, IN

2010 Governors State University Art Show, Visual Arts Gallery, Governors State