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Melted Candy: Gel Medium Sculptures by Emma Brooks


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Sculptor Emma Brooks creates layered, colorful works that take on the appearance of melted candy. Flat, rounded sheets of poured gel medium create layers that reference the look of flower petals, book pages, coral formations, and numerous other natural and man-made objects.


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There’s something incredibly satisfying about Emma’s sculptures, and the way they seem to fuse to whatever surface they are created on. The majority of Emma’s sculptures are wrapped around bars of steel or other metals, a choice which I find creates a greater sense of tension in the works – one wonders if the blobs of gel medium might continue to melt, and eventually fall to the floor.


The front page of Emma Brooks' art websiteThe front page of Emma's website

 

In some of her earlier works, Emma experimented with installing the gel medium compositions on various existing objects and surfaces. I find this lends an interesting pseudo-organic sense to the works, as if they were  alien creatures.


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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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