Full/Fill is large scale mandala project using shopping carts from big box stores arranged in parking lots and photographed with a drone. “Through the use of the shopping cart, an item that is both utilitarian and a designed marketing tool, I examine relationships between consumption as a necessity, consumerism as an activity and the […]
The exhibit, “Sweet”, by Elisa Contemporary Art, who represents me in nyc, is on in Bridgehampton this July- Aug. 4. Go out and see it if you are there! Here’s the article in Art Daily.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: SWEET SPIRIT: DYLAN’S CANDY BAR PRESENTS ARTIST PAULA BRETT’S CANDY MANDALAS New York, NY, November 13, 2013– Tampa artist Paula Brett known for her candy mandalas, or as she terms them “candalas”, has teamed up with Dylan’s Candy Bar to have four of her works featured in […]
Just as I wrote the title of this post it reminded me that I still really want to see Behind The Candelabra, the HBO movie with Michael Douglas playing Liberace. As Liberace says, “Too much of a good thing is wonderful.” Back to the Candalas. Many people have told me […]
Mandala is a Sanskrit word: manda= essence, la=within; it is a circle that contains the essence.
The mandala symbolizes the laws of the universe and, since man is a microcosm of the universe, many cultures believe that the mandala also symbolizes the human soul.
My intention with these Candalas is to arrange everyday sweets in a pattern which becomes sacred, where delicious turns divine, the enticing now exquisite.
Two things I love with my whole being: movement and color. In these paintings, I’ve paired them into a visceral form. The application of the paint was done with large handmade “brushes” using large dance-like strokes. These pieces are a bit raw and intuitive, created with a lot of energy in the spirit of the abstract expressionists.
My abstracted landscapes are impressions of places that are inspired by our earth, yet not quite of this world. I allow the colors to shift and play, forming layers that let you choose where you may be, and then choose once again.
Fabrics. And revelations. And work.
This is an interesting challenge I have given myself. I can tell this is already going to have a breakthrough effect on my work. Here’s a Pink Sky piece that may or may not be done… we shall see.
For the next 28 days, I am committing to make a piece of art every day. Here is the first one. Happy Groundhog Day! Happy Lunar New Year! Happy Chinese New Year! Happy New Moon!
Inspired by a trip to Mali in 2010, these paintings depict a New Year’s celebration in the city of Bamako. I attempt to capture my love of dance and movement as a universal language. I see the moving body as a flow of gestures, holding the energy of progression, full with the glory of human expression.
Busking Bride, 2008 “Busking Bride” is a video montage that explores Brett’s personal experience of being both a foreign bride and divorcée in Budapest, Hungary. In this performance documentary, Brett dons her wedding gown and a wig, buys some beers, and heads to a bustling, seedy underground passageway to drum […]
Who is the muse? In “Roll of Paper and I” two artists simultaneously perform creative acts before the camera– one dances, the other sculpts with paper–yet both of these artists are one. The relationship between the two shifts throughout the duration of the piece, creating various tensions and harmonies. “Roll […]
I was cast to be the “casting director” for this Pepto Bismol commercial shot in Budapest. My job was to teach all of the ‘contestants’ to say “Nausea, Heartburn, Indigestion, Upset Stomach, Diarrhea” and cheer them on as they auditioned. Most of the people did not speak a lick […]