The intersection of art, music, and dance has been the catalyst for innovative and breathtaking collaborations throughout history. Dance in particular has been a long-time subject of art. Paige Bradley pays homage to this tradition, the dancer as muse, and the historic artists before her.
When I asked Paige if there was ever any question about whether or not she would pursue her art as her profession, she says there never was. "I didn't allow the question to even come in." she says. Click to listen to the full interview with Paige Bradley.
Bronze is unique. There is no other material I have found which is so soft, yet so strong. So lasting, and grows colorfully rich with age. It has an amazing history dating back to 2500 BCE. To be among the artists who works in bronze -becoming a brother and sister of many, among such an extended time line - is truly profound.
Visitors in Carmel could not believe that they had stumbled upon a sculpture being made right in front of them. As they worked, groups gathered around Danielle and Paige watching as Danielle emerged in the clay. A limited edition bronze sculpture has since been made and can be found in galleries that represent Paige Bradley.
When I first met Lauren at the gallery, I couldn't even hear her say her name. She was so quiet and timid, she wouldn't look me in the eye, and her head was bowed in shyness. But once she put on her favorite blue dress and her dancing toe shoes, she surprised us all. IWith a little choreography and a mound of clay, I found her childlike spirit. ~ Paige Bradley
I conceived of this piece when I first moved to Manhattan. The art world was telling me I had to break down my foundation, let my walls crumble, expose myself completely, and from there I will find the true essence of what I needed to say. So, literally, I took a perfectly good (wax) sculpture, a piece I had sculpted with precision, and just dropped it on the floor.
In many ways, we keep coming back to where we started. Revisiting Expansion at a smaller size is proof of this. Even though my creativity and the Art I want to produce feels infinite (for this lifetime anyway), I believe that creating a smaller version of Expansion is a sign of my enduring vision of making work for everyone to enjoy.
We visited Paige Bradley at her East London studio to discuss the themes of mortality in her work, and succeeding as an artist. Paige Bradley is the artist behind the infamous sculpture Expansion. In this video, Paige Bradley introduces us to her work, and discusses the significance of the piece, Vertigo.
Beyond Rodin: New Directions in Contemporary Sculpture Figurative Sculpture is an exhibition of 19 U.S. based sculptors who are creating innovative works built on the foundations of classical training, but with applications that go beyond the display of virtuosity and into the realm of emotional expression and pathos that seems to elude so much contemporary art.
Paige's work is full of dichotomies: both the beautiful and the ugly, the liberated and the contained, the falling and the floating. She is always in control of form but not imprisoned by its literality. The subject matter becomes the most important -- not narrowly feminist, but rather humanistic betrayals of modern emotion.