Bryant Holsenbeck is an environmental artist who makes large-scale installations that document the waste stream in our society. During the first week in November, she will create a large scale-exhibition in the High Point Public Library using discarded water bottles. With the help of the larger community, Ms. Holsenbeck will create a sculptural installation that references the natural world and surprises us all. She is a community artist who likes to work with groups of people to make large-scale installations using the everyday “stuff” of our society.
She states, “For over a decade now, I have been documenting the “stuff” of our society that we use once and throw away. Americans continue to create more garbage, per capita, than any other culture, yet we are blind to our waste. I believe this is a function of our wealth, and the vastness of our country. We have the room to hide our waste, and the money to make more. I collect many things, among them, bottle caps, credit cards, plastic bags, straws and lids, beach plastic and chop sticks. I use these everyday items to make work, which transforms the objects and surprises us. I am an environmentalist, receiving great joy from the natural world. This makes me aware of how we take what we have for granted. We are used to using “stuff” once and then throwing it away. We may throw it away, but my work makes me aware of its continual impact.”
Bryant Holsenbeck began her art career as a basket maker and has evolved into an environmental artist. She has shown her work and taught throughout the United States. She has been the recipient of 2 North Carolina Arts Council Fellowships, a Project Grant and an NEA Arts and Learning Grant that she worked on in collaboration with the Chapel Hill Public Arts Commission. She is currently attempting to live one year without disposable plastic and writing a blog about it titled “THE LAST STRAW: A RELUCTANT YEAR WITHOUT DISPOSABLE PLASTIC”. She is also an independent studio artist who makes books, birds, and sculptures out of recycled materials.
She will be teaching a 2 session Animal Workshop for Adults at Theatre Art Galleries on October 28th and 30th from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. During the 2 sessions, each participant will design and craft an animal of their choosing using wire, scraps of material, yarn, and plastic bags. The workshop fee is $65 for TAG members and $75 for Non-members. Visit www.tagart.org to register.
Theatre Art Galleries is located in downtown High Point at 220 E. Commerce Ave. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 12:00-5:00 p.m. For more information contact the TAG office at 336-887-2137 or visit www.tagart.org."
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