Utilizing my Midwestern compulsions of producing, organizing, and filling, I combine repetitive labor with minimalistic aesthetics to create sculptures and installations. My labor intensive work utilizes spatial relationships, easily sourced materials, and dedicated time to provide a platform for the audience to begin to notice, thus becoming mindful. This definition of mindfulness draws from social psychologist Ellen Langer’s notion “the simple act of actively noticing.” I dig local clay, process it, and spin my own yarn from wool for each piece. From these raw materials I produce individual modules that transform to large scale sculptures that fill space: saturate an area between walls, connect architectural elements, and occupy areas framed by doorways. These artworks transform my mindful labor into a platform that allows the viewer to actively notice: the area of the room they occupy, the slight variations within the material itself, and the influence of my individual touch.
Brittany Sievers is from North Manchester, Indiana. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. Upon undergraduate graduation she was awarded the Efroysman Arts Internship at DePauw University where she was a teaching assistant for the ceramics department and co-managed the Low Road Gallery in Greencaslte. After her internship, Brittany enrolled in the MFA program at Louisiana State University. During her time as a graduate student at LSU, Brittany was awarded the 2015 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award and the 2017 Aeschlimann Art-St-Urban Spring Residency in Switzerland. She received her Master of Fine Arts from Louisiana State University in May, and is a Part Time Professor of Art and Art History at DePauw University and Vincennes University.