Brenner’s practice is intuitive based on material exploration and the bodily, both physical and mental, act of making. The influences of corporeality are central to her practice as the work has a direct relationship to her bodily dimensions; physical ability; sensory awareness and her relationship with the material. Making is, therefore, inextricably linked with the outcome which is a visual record of cognitive processes. The study of matter touches on natural science by exploring the nature of materials through observation and experimentation. Intervention through decomposition or experimenting with material stability is an attempt to have control, but the action of breaking the materials down allows the object an autonomy that renders the artist ‘out of control’.
Brenner’s work explores ritual - ritual as process and the ritual object. She is interested how we fetishize and amorphize objects. By creating works that pose questions regarding their meaning or function she attempts to create a visual language that explores the relationship between process, maker and viewer.
CV & Education
Qualifications and training
Present Practice led PhD, University of Sunderland.
2017 MA Ceramics, University of Sunderland, Sunderland
2012 Master of Fine Art, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne.
2010 Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne.
2013 RBS Bursary Awards 2013, Royal British Society of Sculptors, London.
2010 Paul Mason Sculpture Prize 2009/10, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne.
2018 Light Embodied, Pembroke College JCR Art Gallery, Oxford.
2018 Condenser (currently showing at), The Elemental Sculpture Park, Cirencester.
2018 Incognito, The Old Biscuit Factory, London.
2017 Materiality Exhibition, Holy Island, Berwick (Residency and Exhibition).
2017 We’ar 2017, MA Glass and Ceramics, National Glass Centre, Sunderland.
2016 Through a Glass Darkly, Research project between Durham and Sunderland Universities.
2016 Reflections – Glass: Water: Art: Science, Haining, Scotland (Residency and Exhibition).
2015 The Nature of Things (Solo Exhibition), Newcastle Art Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne.
2015 The Nature of Things (Amber Rosin – Experiment) (Solo Exhibition), 55-57 Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne (Residency and Exhibition).
2013 RBS Bursary Awards Exhibition 2013, Royal British Society of Sculptors, London.
2013 WAC 2013 Exhibition, Wells, Sommerset.
2013 Terra Incognita, presented by MIMA Emerging Curators, ARC, Stockton.
2012 Connecting Principles, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne.
2012 Master of Fine Art 2012, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne.
2012 MA & Other Post Graduates 2012, Atkinson Gallery, Somerset.
2012 MFA Interim Exhibition, Hatton Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne.
2011 MA & Other Post Graduates 2011, Atkinson Gallery, Somerset.
2011 Processing the Middle, The Long Gallery, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne.
2010 Fresh Art Exhibition, Galleries Inc., Central Square North, Newcastle upon Tyne.
2010 Free Range 2010, The Old Truman Brewery, London.
2010 Fine Art Degree Show, Gallery North, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne.
2010 Fine Art Degree Show, Squires Annex, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne.