“The problem lies not so much with the feminists’ concept of what femininity is, but rather with their misconception—shared with the public at large—of what art is: with the naïve idea that art is the direct, personal expression of individual emotional experience, a translation of personal life into visual terms.” … “The language of art is, more materially, embodied in paint and line on canvas or paper, in stone or clay or plastic or metal—it is neither a sob-story nor a confidential whisper.”
1971: WHY HAVE THERE BEEN NO GREAT WOMEN ARTISTS? Linda Nocklin, POSTED 05/30/15 4:00 PM ART NEWS
But Brody’s work is introspective, narrative, personal stories told through image, word, and gesture. Is it great art? Maybe not, but it speaks to this artist. By manipulating the stories into visuals, details change; stories grow stronger and more true.
Some sculptures here are bodies with words, some are ‘pages,’ some are simply figures. Brody’s first book in 1997 told the stories of her generations in a familiar book-like sculpture. She continues to combine figures and words illuminating relationships just as she combines figures in gestural depictions of relationships.
Brody’s typical vocabulary includes elongated figures, grouped figures, gesture, and the dance of life. Internal references to nature have changed from tree/forest women and classical fertility goddesses to incorporate bird features and frog imagery.
All my work is done as an emotional and instinctive response to the world around me. I cannot explain them intellectually; they grow from my hands and my heart.
Brody works in both a light weight cement and in stoneware clay.
1000 N. Division St, #5A, Peekskill NY 10566
Reed College , Portland, OR B. A. Fine Arts (combined program with below)
Portland Museum Art School , Portland, OR Certificate of Study in Sculpture
Selected Solo Shows:
Family Stories, Ceres Gallery, NYC Musings: Work in Clay, Field Library Gallery, Peekskill NY
Scar Tissue, Ceres Gallery, NYC.
Conversations, Studio A Gallery, Tarrytown NY
Three Steps Forward, Ceres Gallery, NYC.
Guardians/Watches/Warders, Maxwell Fine Arts Sculpture Garden, Peekskill, NY.
Fugue Forms, Ceres Gallery, New York NY.
Sticks and Stones, Ceres Gallery, New York, NY. Clusters, an installation, The Arts Exchange, White Plains, NY.
Gallery Zogei, (with Lisa Breznak) Kyoto, Japan. Dialogs in the Garden; Figures in Cement, Chappaqua Library Gallery, Curator Larry D’Amico, Chappaqua, NY.
Selected Group & Juried Shows:
The Farm Project 10th anniversary Show, Collaborative Concepts, Saunders farm, Garrison NY
Brains, Boobs and Backbones, curated by Carla Rae Johnson, Paramount Center, Peekskill NY 10566 Women: the Rock the Root the Foundation, Bean Runner Café curated by Lisa Breznak, Peekskill NY 10566. My Girl, Its All about Things, Portchester NY
Jose Marc Gallery at Affordable Art Fair, NY
Hullaballoo Collective at the Fountain Fair, NY
Peekskill Open Studios, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill NY
Placemaking: Re-Envisioning White Plains, the ArtsExchange, ArtsWestcheter, Curated by Nazanin H. Munroe, White Plains, NY The Farm Project 2013, Saunders farm, Garrison NY, also 2006-2012
Sculpture: On and Off the Wall, the Arts Exchange, ArtsWestcheter, White Plains, NY.
Earth, the ArtsExchange, ArtsWestcheter, curated by Leigh Taylor Mikelson, White Plains, NY.
Ineffable Woman: A Bi-Coastal Conversation, Ceres Gallery NYC & California Institute of Integral Studios, San Francisco CA.
Peekskill Project IV, site-specific sculptural installation, Peekskill, NY. The Veil: Visible and Invisible Spaces, curated by Jennifer Heath, a traveling exhibition
10 x 10 x 10, curated by Judy Sigunick, Ellensville NY
Winter Solstice, The Studio, White Plains and Armonk, NY
Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art: A benefit auction of significant works, Robert Miller Gallery, NY. Hold the Line, Peekskill Project, site specific sculptural installation, Peekskill, NY
Art at War, The Artist’s Voice. Aldo Castillo Gallery, Chicago IL. Third Biennial Women Book Artists Exhibition, Theresa Prator Curator, Converse College, Spartanburg, SC.
Art in Nishijin, Kyoto, Japan. Women of the Book: Jewish Artists, Jewish Themes, Starr Gallery, Newton, MA. , Curator Judith Hoffberg,
The Feminist Cooperatives in NY, Brooklyn Museum, Sackler Wing, Brooklyn, NY.
The Japan Experience, Katonah Museum Art Assn, Katonah Museum, NY.
Slide Presentation to MFA students in ceramics, Seika University, Kyoto, Japan
Sculptures Big and Small, and All in the Open, ‘The Farm Project 2013,’ at Saunders Farm in Garrison, Susan Hodera, New York Times on line 9/13/13.
“A Global Response to War Rendered in Words and Images,” Victor Alejandro Sorell, NY Arts Magazine. Nov/Dec. 2004, Vol. 9, No.11/12
“Upfront,” Ceramic Monthly, May 2003.
“Art Reviews/D. Dominick Lombardi: Abstract paintings that create a roller coaster ride,” New York Times Westchester Section, Dec, 15, 2002.
“Office Artwork Brings Out the Critic in Employees,” Tanya Mohn, NY Times, Jan. 31,2001.
Article in Kyoto Shinbun, Oct 18, 2000.
3 articles in Japanese: Morning Asahi, Mainichi, & Daily Yomieri, Oct. 15, 2000
President, Ceres Gallery, New York, NY
Secretary, Peekskill Arts Alliance, Peekskill, NY
President, Collaborative Concepts, Putnam Valley New York
Artist teaching Rosters:
Young Audience, NY, Port Chester Arts Council, NY, Clay Arts Center, PortChester NY