|Prilla Smith Brackett||
Title: Two Hemispheres #5
Medium: Oil on linen
Size: 48" x 68"
Brackett's paintings involve either the adventure and challenge of responding to nature directly, outdoors, or the exploration of how to express the environmental threat to nature while also conveying nature's poetic beauty and timeless qualities. She states, "Our view of wilderness is rooted in our 20th Century consciousness. We see resource, recreation, and opportunity where once we saw beauty. My work explores this view, depicting the precarious existence of northern New England old-growth forests. I present barriers and fractured images as metaphors for our abuse of the environment and for our lives so removed from the natural world. In other pieces I explore the parallels and contrasts between northern old growth forests and urban trees, suggesting the struggle between constraint and freedom, or the intersection and overlapping of the natural and man-made worlds." Brackett's accomplishments include a 1994 residency at the Millay Colony of the Arts, and a 1989-90 fellowship in painting at the Bunting Institute at Radcliffe College.
Her selected solo exhibitions include: Remnants: Ancient Forests & City Trees, travelling: Housatonic Museum of Art, Bridgeport Connecticut; Watson Gallery, Norton, Massachusetts; Philip & Muriel Berman Museum of Art, Collegeville, Pennsylvania; Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, Concord, New Hampshire; duPont Gallery, Lexington, Virginia; UMF Art Gallery, Farmington, Maine, 1999-2001; Two Hemispheres: Drawing & Painting, Gallery 57, Cambridge, MA, 1994; Marking a Year, DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA, 1993; Reaching for the Light: Visions of a Lowland Rainforest, Soho 20 Invitational Space, New York, 1990; and In the Forest of the Night: Drawings & Paintings from the Amazon, The Bunting Institute, Radcliffe Research & Study Center, Cambridge, MA, 1990.
Her selected group exhibitions include: Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine, 1998; Creiger-Dane Gallery, Boston, MA, 1998; Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, MA, 1998; Mills Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, 1997; Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, MA, 1996; The Art Complex Museum, Duxbury, MA, 1995; Lyman Allyn Art Museum, New London, Connecticut, 1993; Ashville Art Museum, Asheville, North Carolina, 1992; Transco Gallery, Houston, Texas, traveling to: Virginia Commonwealth Museum of Natural Sciences, Martinsville, Virginia and National Museum of Canada, Ottawa, 1990-'92.
Brackett can be reached in Boston, by telephone at (617) 576-7853 or by e-mail at email@example.com (c/o G. C. Brackett).