An old water spout, a broken crutch and a beat-up toy gun might look like trash to most. But Terry Brennan sees art.
Brennan is a found-object artist, most of his work coming from what others throw out. His work is a mixture of what's discarded by people and nature, piecing together art from driftwood or whatever he might find.
Brennan, a newcomer to Beaufort from the Myrtle Beach area, has started showing his work at The Gallery on Boundary Street in Beaufort. Brennan discusses how a few discarded items can become a whole new creature.
Question. What type of objects have you been creating?
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Answer. A majority of my work has been sealife. It's something everyone can connect to. It may consist of things that you may have in your house right now -- a Barbie, a hockey stick.
Q. Where do you find your stuff?
A. I'm a Dumpster diver. Storage units usually have good Dumpsters. We're on Cat Island, so I walk that every day and find driftwood. Now that people know what I do, they bring me things. Someone will clean out their closet and bring me stuff. I have a storage unit that's pretty full. I try not to get overwhelmed with materials. I stick with things that spark my creativity.
Some of it comes from my old life. My mom had a scale, like one of those things to weigh fruit at the store. I got that and in my array things I had this collection of hangers. It already started to look like a horseshoe crab so I put them together and adorned them with a few skewers.
Q. How do you start on a piece? Do you start with a single object and just go from there?
A. It's like gazing at clouds. I could look at something and it could look like a fish's mouth and that spark can take me from there.
Q. How long have you been doing your found object pieces?
A. I've been doing this a few years. I've always drawn and painted. (With) this I feel like I've found my voice. It's not like a painting where you sort of know where you're going with the piece. I love the excitement of discovering these objects and where they take me.