Artist: Brittney Waters
Media: Clay, Varnish, Sand
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery
About the artist:
I have not actually gotten a chance to meet Brittney in person. However, I had the pleasure of talking to her through her Instagram. She seems like a wonderful person, very outgoing and bright personality. Brittney is currently a senior at CSULB and is working toward her Bachelor of Fine Arts for the Art Ceramics Program. What influenced her to begin working on this gallery is her trip to Hawaii when she saw an exhibit for sea turtles. She realized that many wildlife is not supported unless they can be used as an entertainment for us. That why you see many sea turtles, but never any sea turtle nestings as they are not very entertaining.
Brittney’s turtle. Oh my god. They are amazing, absolutely amazing. Each one is carved by hand and has its very own design, be it not very married but still. Brittney made about a hundred individual turtles and that not counting her prototypes or scrapped sculpture. Not only that but each turtle are so detailed, it’s really amazing. Brittney even went to dipped her turtles in sands to give them texture and authenticity. Brittney also set up a little beach for the turtles with real sands. Which is going to be a pain to clean up. She also has a video playing of the beach to give you the illusion that the turtles are walking to the beach.
Brittney made this exhibit to bring awareness to sea turtles. The fact that we never saw a single sea turtle nesting is extremely alarming and concerning. Brittney wanted to make this exhibit as realistic and entertaining as possible in order to bring awareness to preserving sea turtles. She thinks that our society only cares for things that entertained so she decided to create an exhibit to entertain others about sea turtle nestings.
This exhibit is probably my third favorite gallery of all time. It was so well done and detailed. When I first walked in, I couldn’t even believe my eyes. For the third time in a gallery, I exclaimed without realizing “Wow…” Someone actually went through all the work to put sands into an exhibit. Not only that, but it was not just a little bit of sands, it was a lot of sands. But that was not even the most amazing thing. Brittney handcrafted hundreds of individual turtles. She did not even half-ass it either, I look at each one of the turtles and each turtle was so beautifully created and detailed. It was mind-blowing how someone could have the patience and energy to create hundreds of turtles individually like that. I also love turtles, my second favorite animal.