ARTIST BROOKE MULLINS DOHERTY DEBUTS ‘PORTALS AND PATHS’ EXHIBITION
Featuring Site-Specific Sculptures and Contemporary Drawing Series
1, 2009, MA – The 80 Border Street Cultural Exchange Center in
The sculpture portion of Doherty’s exhibition “Portals and Paths” features several site-specific sculptural installations made to appear as if they grow from the Center’s architecture. Her creations emulate a scene from a science fiction movie – revealing soft, organic forms of indeterminate origin bulge from windows, ceilings, and walls. Strategically placed to allow sunlight to act as a “Portal” to the heavens through the forms, the changing light causes them to pulse with the movement of the clouds and sun.
“Paths” refer to her drawing series; many trace the path of a single line as they explore the passage of time and cycles of growth and decay. Using a variety of materials such as pencil, ink, enamel, and paint pen, Doherty’s drawings resemble imaginary plots of data, magnetic field lines, geological strata, and microscopic cross-sections of cells and organs. Doherty utilizes all of these influences in an often-psychedelic way.
“Someone recently told me that most adults don’t daydream anymore. I daydream most of the time I’m making art, and I would love for my work to serve as vehicles for other people’s daydreams too,” says Doherty continuing, “When daydreaming, your mind is making so many unusual connections. In addition to adding color to life, daydreaming can help you develop greater understanding and feel more connected to your world.”
Although Doherty doesn’t use many organic materials, she says her creative process is very organic. Her preferred materials are non-traditional: to make her lightweight, flexible and translucent sculptures, she uses plastic, wire, and fabric as well as a variety of other media.
“I rarely know exactly what I’m going to make when I’m getting started. My process is much more experimental,” remarks Doherty, “I think of what I do as akin to spider engineering. The spider doesn’t necessarily have a master plan, but she knows how to build in response to stresses on the web, and she ends up making a perfect web for the particular environment each time. A spider’s work is also site-specific.”
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