It's Like Falling Into Water, the title of one of Brenda Garand's sculptures, aptly describes the experience of viewing her amphibious body of work. Whether it is her drawings mixing walnut ink, flood clay (from the storm Irene), and India ink or her sculptures with wire, porcupine quill, hawthorn, and beaver stick, Garand's art is drenched in nature's energy and wily ways. Her wet-on-wet drawings swim with movement; they drip and float in currents of rich brown, inky black, and chamois white. Her dangling sculptures drape and swing from the wall with a cascade of thin wire and fishing lures, casting shadows of intricate shapes like overhanging branches of a leafed tree on a stream. She cuts and paints roofing paper to look like feathers and winds silk around delicate tree branches and steel that mimics the fuzzy lines of her gouache and ink drawings.
From Authority and Grace Brenda Garand's Art
By Dian Parker 2017