Reina Mia Brill currently lives and works in a remote section of the Bronx called City Island where the nature-filled surroundings are inspiring a new generation of creatures. Please visit Reina's Website: www.reinamiabrill.com
Thursday, May 6, 2010
I fell in love with Reina's work a few years ago after seeing an article about her. Hauntingly friendly, colorfully macabre with a dash of what the hell is going on. Please enjoy the work of Reina Mia Brill. Reina has been making creature sculptures that live in a children’s world. Reina’s creations are part animal and part human, their lives are filled with mischief, insecurity, fears, and curiosity. Their story begins as a lump of clay which is slowly formed through my fingertips. After being bisque fired, colorful underglazes are painted on the surface. Once all the firing is finished, she pauses, change pace and step back in time. Sitting down with my 1920’s and 1960’s knitting machines Reina decides how to transform the glazed surface with an unexpected texture, knitted wire. Colorful wire mesh is stretched and sewn over the hard clay surface for the actual skins and garments for the creatures. These old mechanical machines are truly precious. She loves using them for a renewed purpose, which adds to the story and fabled world where my creatures reside.