Inspired by Victorian Gadgetry and Invention Samantha Bryan creates suspended, wall mounted and free standing sculptures out of a combination of wire, leather, found objects & collected materials. These unusual sculptures depict everyday life in ‘fairyland’.
Samantha's story is best summed up via this stunning little film ‘A Desire to Fly’ made the talented duo that are R & A Collaboration.
She finds herself preoccupied with everyday life, but not her own- that of the fairy. Consequently her sculptures place what can only be described as ‘fairies’ with machine-like contraptions. They depict fairies going about their everyday lives. Within her work her extraordinary objective is to realise the necessities and requirements that would be involved in ‘fairy life’: to provide everything a fairy would demand during its daily existence.
This central theme runs throughout her work but is incredibly versatile and can lend itself to almost any brief or situation with a bit of imagination. Her sculptures evoke a sense of nostalgia, escapism and make-believe necessary to remove the viewer temporarily from their worries. She endeavors to capture every imagination!
Since graduating in 2001, Samantha has plied all my time and energy into creating her work and has managed to gain both National and International recognition.
A number of her sculptures have been purchased for a permanent collection held by Rochdale Art Gallery and Leeds City Council –ARTEMIS (Educational Services).