(MONTEREY, Mass.) – “Brece Honeycutt: underfoot,” an installation of the Berkshire artist’s handmade sculptural books and prints, opens at Knox Gallery at the Monterey Library on Saturday, November 1, 2014, with an artist’s talk at 6pm and a reception immediately following. The exhibit/installation will be on view during library hours through November 29.
Brece Honeycutt takes inspiration from the everyday plants right outside her Sheffield home and studio door, as both motif and material, to make images in her signature sculptural books, prints, and installations. Her handmade sculptural books, some stacked on shelves or wedged into small crates and others hung directly onto the wall, expose prints made from leaves and other plant material.
The artist mentions that “in addition to the subtle beauties created by the chemistries of late summer flowers, natural inks, and leaves, these plants are useful in herbal remedies.” The complexity and multi-faceted features of these materials draw the viewer further in, providing fresh ways to see nature.
Honeycutt was born in Hickory, N.C., and grew up in Virginia. She professes a strong interest in colonial history, which she believes is due to both her frequent childhood visits to Mount Vernon and to the influence of her North Carolina grandmother, who allowed her to “observe the olde time ways of doing things.”
Honeycutt’s installations have been placed in exterior locations including university and school campuses (Johns Hopkins University and Bryn Mawr School are examples), historical houses, nonprofit spaces, inner-city parks and office buildings, urban markets, museums and galleries. She collaborates with the National Park Service, students, historians, gardeners, nonprofit organizations, poets, dancers, interpreters, government departments, senior centers, and other artists.
Honeycutt received an undergraduate degree in Art History from Skidmore College and a Master’s degree in sculpture from Columbia University. She has exhibited widely; among her many awards and grants are two artists’ fellowships from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities.
Honeycutt is an active lecturer, panelist, and committee member and she blogs at “on a colonial farm”.
All exhibits can be viewed during library hours.
Knox Gallery, Monterey Library, 452 Main Rd., Monterey, Mass, 413-528-3795