What I am curious about, the natural world, art history, metal working, predictive fiction, psychology, informs the visual language I use to communicate in my sculpture. I try to create forms that reveal an investigation into where these subjects overlap, in conflict or in concert.
I admire the work of the Surrealists, who created a visual language for the unconscious, to give form to unruly existential considerations. Sometimes I borrow from early cultures to find roots of mythological symbols, including archetypes and augury.
Clay, wax and metal are used in my sculpture to build a texture and form language that captures the qualities of many other materials, captures the affects of time, captures organic, fleshy forms, as well as the beauty of decay.
As a sculptor, I am hands-on, I draw, sculpt, mold, manipulate and fabricate each piece. Casting is done commercially. 3D programs and 3D printing are also utilized where they are best applied.
The artist in the studio
1989-90 Metalsmithing Program Annual Student Exhibit, Wayne State University, Detroit
1992 University of Arkansas Ozark Women’s Conference, Fayetteville, Arkansas
1993 Gallery 111 Self-Portrait Show, Fayetteville, Arkansas
1994 Gallery 111 Fantasy/ Science Fiction Show, Fayetteville, Arkansas
1994 Whimsicals Gallery Erotic Art Show, Fayetteville, Arkansas
1995 Gallery 111 Annual Erotic Art Show
1995 Vox Anima, Fayetteville, Arkansas
1997 Art Works Foundry and Gallery Holiday Show, Berkeley, California
1998 Art Works Foundry and Gallery Moonlight Pour and Employee Exhibition
1998 Hayward Arts Council Artworks Group Show
1999 Artworks Foundry and Gallery Moonlight Pour and Employee Exhibition
2000-1 Bleu Gallery, Mendocino, California
2000-1 Articles Gallery, Mendocino, California
2000 Mendocino Art Center Main Gallery Artist-in-Residence Exhibition
2002 Theatre Artaud, San Francisco, an exhibit on the theme of “Metamorphosis”
Based on Inkboat butoh dance group’s performance by same name
2002 Bleu Gallery, Mendocino, Women’s Art Exhibition
2003 Varnish Fine Art Grand Opening Exhibit, San Francisco, California
2003-4 Varnish Fine Art, San Francisco, California, ongoing
2004 Halloween Show, Dark & Light Gallery, Fort Bragg, CA
2005 Solo Mendo Bistro restaurant exhibit, six months, Fort Bragg, CA
2005 Perfume Mendo, solo show, three months, Mendocino, CA
2005 Green Door Gallery featured artist, Fort Bragg, CA
2006-7 Varnish Art Gallery, ongoing through 2007, San Francisco, CA
2008 Created www.cbrownsculpture.com
2015 San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, 2015 Sculpture Slam 1st Place
2016 Artworks Foundry Moonlight Pour and Employee Exhibition
2017 "And If Our Days Don't Last" curated by Jon Jaylo, Distinction Gallery, Escondido, CA
2018 Top 20 Finalist, Beautiful Bizarre Magazine Curated Art Prize, sculpture https://beautifulbizarre.net/2018/07/15/beautiful-bizarre-magazine-art-prize-finalists-announced/
2018 "Representational Modern", curated by Beautiful Bizarre Magazine, at Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco, CA
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