Inspired by her knowledge of ancient world mythologies and religions, Brandy Stark has produced her "Metal Myths" series since 1995. Ms. Stark utilizes found objects and metal mediums to resurrect ancient characters, deities, and ideals in the modern world.
Each piece is hand worked. The artist utilizes the natural colors of the metals (brass, bronze, and aluminum or steel) in creating her works. Employing a technique that combines "wrapping," "weaving," and "sewing" the metal, she utilizes heavy materials with open spaces to create a unifying tension in each sculpture.
As an additional statement about contemporary culture, Ms. Stark often adds found objects to her three-dimensional tapestries. While augmenting the uniqueness of the work, the implementation of found objects show that nothing, and symbolically no one, is truly useless. All have a place in this world.
As a multi-award winning artist, she has earned awards for her metal statues, creative writing, web site design, and photography. In 2001, she served as an artist-in-residence for Bay Pines VA Hospital. In 2002, she created a specialized art tour designed in conjunction with the internationally attended Dragon*con Convention. She continues to find ways to introduce the public to local artists-in-residence, to new and varied art venues, and to stress the importance of art in society.
She has presented numerous art-related workshops at both museum and gallery settings. She has also enumerated academic lectures for the St. Petersburg Historical Museum, the Florida International Museum, and the Dali Museum.
Her artist memberships include the Arts Center, The Arts Center, Gulf Coast Artists' Alliance (GCAA), and the Florida Craftsmen. She is a board member for The Exhibiting Society of Artists (TESA).
As a former freelance arts reporter, Ms. Stark wrote for the St. Petersburg Times. She published additional topical articles for Bayside News,www.sterlingpowell.com, Pug Talk Magazine, The Pinellas Informer and forwww.carolineyork.com.
Ms. Stark graduated with her Masters in Religious Studies from the University of South Florida and is continuing her education in the field of the Humanities. She is also a doctoral candidate in Education and Leadership at Barry University, and is currently working on her dissertation. She is presently an instructor in World Religions and Humanities at St. Petersburg College, the University of Tampa, Eckerd College, and Hillsborough Community College.