“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.” I’ve been drawn to Mandalas ever since I witnessed a group of Tibetan Buddhist Monks making a traditional sand mandala on the ground. The idea of creating such a beautiful work of art and then destroying it in order to symbolize the transitory nature of life intrigued me. Because of that formative experience, I’ve made mandalas intermittently over the years in different forms. Only recently have I delved into the mandalas fully as a way to meld my love for design, spirituality, and the need to create some sort of order and meaning out of so much chaos in the world. In this most recent series of mandala photographs, my intention is to arrange ordinary objects in a pattern that becomes sacred, where the everyday turns divine, the enticing now exquisite.
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.Read More
This is a dance for video performance piece I created for Spec Performance.
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.Read More
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.Read More
These pieces are inspired by horizons. The Parallel Landscape Series is an intuitive interpretation of the many landscapes I saw and experienced while living abroad. They are a way to comprehend all that occurs simultaneously and yet exists uniquely for each of us. "Sunday" and "Double Landscape" are on display in the office of Maison International, 119 W 23rd St, Ste 801, New York City.
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.Read More
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 a cardboard box for tips. Onlookers are both shocked and delighted to read the words,”Valofelben Vagyok” (”In the process of divorcing”) written behind her. Although the divorce rate in Hungary is just as high as in the USA, it is considered shameful. Performed in the underpass at Nyugati ter, May 2008
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 of Paper and I" is composed of two improvised performances for camera set to piano roll selections from the Follies of 1910, recorded on a player piano. The piece, being somewhat whimsical in nature, also refers to "follies", as both theatrical productions and architectural constructions. Who or what is the muse is to be defined by the viewer.
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 of English. This project took all day and was hilarious as well as somewhat heartbreaking since these people had no idea that they were the brunt of the joke.
On Saturday May 12, 2007 at 12:00 GMT Wayne Brett and Paula Brett (in London and Budapest, respectively) pointed their cameras towards one another and performed a "Camera Dance".
Proposal for "A Stone in the Heart Sometimes" Video Installation, 2008
Excerpt from "Cake Mix", 2003 In this experimental video, the camera is placed inside an American diner-style revolving cake display. As the foreground focuses on the texture and colors of the cakes, the background rotates from scenes inside the diner to outside the windows. Keeping with the idea of spinning, the audio track plays a cyclical sequence of three personal accounts of "serendipitous occurrences" told by three different people.
Excerpt from "Talking to Myself", 2006 In this video, artists of various disciplines are brought into a room with a video camera and asked the question, "What do you need to tell yourself the most?" In this confession-like scenario, the artist reveals aspects of their personalities for the camera with candor, humor, and humanity.