For me, art is a way of entering and engaging with the world, a way of making sense of things that I can control. I have made art for as long as I can remember. Growing up in Buffalo, NY, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and the extraordinary architecture of that city made an early and indelible impression on me.
I strive to carry the spirit of playfulness and exploration I had as a child into my work. I want the viewing of my work to raise more questions than it answers. I want my work to awaken curiosity and to engage.
There is mystery in creation and there is also technique. I endeavor to ensure the technical does not overshadow the sense of mystery and surprise that lives in the work. I try to sty open to possibility, open to multiple solutions to a problem, open to solutions as they present themselves to me in the moment, during the creative process. I like to be surprised and I want the viewer to be surprised as well.
I deliberately choose to work with simple, easily available materials.
My sculpture is a compact view, an intimate presentation of a large gesture.
Earlier in my career I spent years making monumental, site-specific installations that required teams of assistants and, sometimes cranes to construct and install. In my mind I'm still working on that grad scale throughout my work. The articulation is just more compact now.
Brigid Kennedy has been exhibiting her sculpture and drawings nationally and internationally since the late 1970’s. A native of Buffalo, NY, Ms. Kennedy moved to central Connecticut from New York City in 1989.
She has lived and worked as a professional artist in South America, Europe and Canada, where she exhibited unique, site-specific sculptures. A fellowship to West Africa supported her research into vernacular architecture. Her materials range from adobe and grout, to wood, steel and roofing shingles.
Ms. Kennedy has received numerous awards including an Individual Artist Fellowship Grant from the Greater Hartford Arts Council, a Fulbright Scholar Lecture Research Award to Chile, a State of Connecticut Commission on the Arts Artists Project Grant, a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award, and National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artists Grants. Her work is in numerous museums and private collections.