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Carol Bruns
Bronze Sculptor and Painter

Carol Bruns bronze candle sculpture Tumbler


CREATIVE PROCESS visits the studio of sculptor & painter Carol Bruns
in the Dumbo(Down Under the Manhattan Bridge On-ramp) section of Brooklyn, New York.


Carol Bruns
Dancer (above)
from Bronze Sculptural Candlestick Group
Carol Bruns sculpture high pedestals


The figure is A format to consider the enigmatic, dark, mysterious
A touchstone for inner awareness
A means of communicating
A window for viewing this moment
A site for spacious freedom, intuition, contemplation
A way to consider the past
--from Carol Bruns "Artist's Statement"





Carol Bruns
No Woman and Party Man (right)
Large Bronze Sculptures





Carol Bruns bronze figure Fox

Carol BRUNS: I'm interested in what the body is conveying when one tries to speak with it, but also when one is not aware of doing anything at all.



Carol Bruns
Fox
Small Bronze with Golden Brown Patina
on Steel Base






















Carol Bruns bronze figure Spider

Carol BRUNS: By observation, I find beauty in a shape that may not be considered traditionally shapely or traditionally beautiful. I like odd presentations--as in an unusual base or a surprising placement--to let people look at my sculpture in a fresh way.

Carol Bruns
Spider
"Animal Dances" Bronze












Carol Bruns female and male bronzes Lobster and Elephant







Carol BRUNS: I attend dance performances and sketch at intermission. This helps me see how people use their bodies to communicate.

Carol Bruns
Lobster and Elephant
Bronze Sculptures














Carol Bruns with wax figure


Carol BRUNS: I work in wax and usually cast small--about 5 to 14 inches high--bronzes.


Small Wax Sculpture







Carol Bruns






Carol BRUNS: My intention is to enlarge the pieces to a scale appropriate for public spaces. For economic reasons, I cast the pieces small. Making a large bronze is very costly, so I don't do it unless I have a specific client for a big piece. I cast most of my work in Mexico.




Carol Bruns in Her Studio with Larger-Scale Bronzes (left)







Carol Bruns sculpture Party Man





Carol BRUNS: I like to be seduced and shocked by materials. So, I try to find new processes of metal finishing for the surfaces of my bronzes. In this small version Party Man's surface is a white earth pigment--not a true patina. A true patina is where a chemical transformation occurs in reaction with the underlying metal.



Carol Bruns
Party Man
Small Bronze with White Earth Patina













Carol Bruns painting Portrait of G
Carol Bruns
"Portrait of G #32"
Painting on Paper
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Carol BRUNS: My paintings deal with the same themes as the sculpture, but I'm not trying to draw sculpture. A series entitled "Portraits of a Psyche" represents aspects of a single psyche--portraying the internal rather than external.

Carol BRUNS: Another (earlier) paintings series includes words and images. In this group, the paper is covered with earth pigment. (I found a great source selling earth pigment from France and Italy. The golden red comes from Roussillon, France. ) Once the pigment-covered paper has dried, I paint by pouring enamel paint onto it. The words are stenciled on last.



Carol Bruns close up of painting
Detail of painting Taxi, Valuation, Boff
Carol BRUNS: The drawings have themes of erotica, power and culture and how these three intertwine. I stencil my paintings with interesting, provocative word groups like: The Fed, Opulent, Boyfriend or Pretense, Economist, Hot. The people in the drawings take poses that are traditionally related to eroticism or to domination. I find the paintings and the similar ideas explored in the sculpture to be mutually stimulating.

Carol Bruns painting
Carol Bruns
Pretense, Economist, Hot
Painting on Paper




Carol Bruns mixed media painting Noir
"Noir", 2005
Mixed-media Painting, 75 x 125 inches

Carol BRUNS: "Noir" is an assemblage of hand-colored rag papers with glitter, minerals, collage, painting and drawing. View detail 1 and detail 2. Here I engage the psychic perspective of Hades. Lord of the underworld, Hades was invisible and embodied darkness and the unconscious. His lure for me is manifold: a reflection of the dying earth in winter, the mystery of dreams, the destructive power of the unconscious when it is ignored or denied, and also the treasure from this zone of consciousness. The resulting drawing aims to speak to this realm in its own language, one that is dark and rich, pulsing with primal energy--slow, deep, mysterious.

Carol Bruns in her Brooklyn studio






Carol Bruns in Her Studio
with Sculpting Wax












View Carol Bruns' works offered for sale:
Animal Dances Bronzes
Other Bronze Sculpture
Portrait of a Psyche Paintings

for sale in BIDDINGTON'S CONTEMPORARY ART GALLERY
Price Range: $1250-$9000.


Carol Bruns graduated in Fine Arts from New York University and subsequently studied at the Art Students League (New York) and La Grande Chaumiere (Paris). Bruns' bronze sculpture has been shown and commissioned throughout the US and abroad. Bruns' solo exhibitions have included Art Initiatives (NYC), d.u.m.b.o. arts center (NYC) and the Instituto Allende in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Bruns' small-scale pieces may be cast in larger sizes. Prices for the large castings are available upon request.

Carol Bruns painting
Carol Bruns
Distinction...
Painting on Paper


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