Spencer Brewer & Esther Siegel
Multi Arts; Performing Arts: Music; Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Mixed Media, Sculpture
Spencer Brewer & Esther Siegel Overview
Transforming the everyday cast-off into something extraordinary…
Spencer Brewer & Esther Siegel have a passion for creating quirky and fantastical pieces of art out of re-purposed, or ‘found art’ materials. From the whimsical and humorous to the punk and dark, each piece is one of a kind. Creating “new compositions” from vintage or unusual objects, they inspire viewers with a sense of delight, surprise and sometimes awe.
Working both separately and as a team, Spencer & Esther confer regularly on their artwork. “We don’t always have the same vision, but we always listen and that feedback can open new doors.” Their studio is a wonderland of eccentric odds and ends and then some. Nicknamed the “Barn of Curiosities, Oddities and Light”, one discovers a much venerated collection of eccentric obsolete ephemera & vintage electromechanical obscura giving these artists endless options for their transformative art.
Esther’s “late in life artist” emerged from the scrapbooking world. From there she expanded to unique one of a kind greeting cards and then moved into ‘found art’ sculptures. Her pieces are a mixture of the whimsical and dark humor. They range from Barbie Doll parts (Altered Barbies) to old neck ties (Awards), to horse and doll parts (Horse People) and antique toasters (Twisted Toasters). She describes her creative process as sometimes very slow and frustrating and goes through many variations on a theme before settling on the finished piece.
Spencer Brewer has been creating art and music since he could walk. For much of his life his focus was on pianos, composing, creating, recording and producing music. He also worked on over 20,000 pianos, crank phonographs and pump organs which gave him the opportunity to collect unique and obscure vintage mechanical objects along the way.
In 2006 he began to focus his creative energy on ‘re-purposed or found-art’, using parts he had amassed over the years to create unusual sculptures. “I love vintage 60-150 year-old beautifully designed parts and objects. The graphic design and engineering of the industrial to the science fiction eras inspire me.”