Art As Play
Central Library, 2nd floor Balcony Cases
Art As Play by Corey Breneisen
I'm interested in the magical transformations that pervade not only children's literature, but also children's psychology. As a child I pretended that my blanket was a flying carpet and my bed a boat. I created worlds that were larger and more interesting than my reality. Now instead of turning blankets into flying carpets, I'm turning found objects into works of art. I collect odd bits and pieces to create quirky sculptures and drawings. Sometimes my pieces are large installations that consume a room. Other times they are tiny drawings no larger than the palm of my hand.
The sculptures on display were inspired by the writings of Roald Dahl, Shel Silverstein, Lewis Carroll and the nursery rhymes of Mother Goose. While I do not attempt to illustrate the texts, a correlation can be drawn between the authors' use of language to paint an alternative reality and my use of objects. My intent is to challenge viewers to tap into their imaginations and roam through fantastic worlds where the ordinary function of every day materials is turned upside down.
Corey Breneisen's art is an extension of the wild imaginings found in children's books. Her future projects include a collaborative public sculpture in the Main Line district of Philadelphia and an exhibition in Seattle that celebrates the virtues of uninhibited play. She received her MFA from Pratt Institute in 2003 and lives and works in Brooklyn as an art instructor.
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