Brittany Nichole Watkins is a Bay Area based artist. She collects mundane and
every day discarded objects and materials and gives them new life in the form of abstract sculpture. Watkins shreds, knots, loops, bends, and weaves these materials into new forms that explore their hidden potential, personality, and past life. Watkins received her BFA from Montana State University and is currently an MFA candidate at California College of the Arts in San Francisco, CA.
Watkins was published in the October 2011 issue of International
Sculpture and has exhibited work at the Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ and
Sculpture Centers temporary space in the Arts District of Chicago, IL. Her
work is part of the Esvelt Gallery permanent collection at Columbia Basin College in Pasco, WA. She has been the recipient of a Recology student artist residency in San Francisco, CA. and has exhibited work at IEI Gallery in Austin , TX, The Center of Contemporary Art in Seattle, WA, and Root Division in San Francisco, CA.
I collect objects from the streets I walk, dumpsters I pass, local reuse and recycle shops, and free piles everywhere. I am attracted to the mundane and everyday. I grab window blinds, wire, inner tubes, air filters, shelves, baskets, chicken wire, broken tiles, dirty window frames, cardboard inserts, and dingy velvet: I then shred, knot, loop, weave and bend them to create abstract sculptural works. By dramatically altering their forms, I liberate my collected finds from their intended uses and explore their hidden potential.
Repetitive and time-intensive working processes create intimacy with these materials, and the resulting sculptures speak to connections between the inanimate and the animate. Many elements, both in terms of materials and scale, are suggestive of biological or bodily forms; hanging rubber shreds references hair, knotted fabric inside plastic mesh bags resembles bodily organs. Other works create a tension between industrial materials and natural forms. My work may also prompt viewers to assign more personal, human qualities to these common every day and industrial mundane objects.
In these sculptural ecosystems, viewers are confronted with their own physicality within a confined space. I am combining large-scale works and small-scale pieces that show versatility of materiality as well as confront the viewer with their own scale in relation to the work.