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Examining Life and Loss Through Alexandra Sheldon’s ‘A Month in Brittany’

A Look at the Bromfield Gallery Exhibit


Bromfield Gallery is known to be one of Boston’s most loved galleries, with its attention directed mostly toward New England artists. Located in the South End’s SOWA district, it’s the perfect location to grab a bite to eat, then take a look at the current exhibit.

A Month In Brittany

“Brittany” – Alexandra Sheldon

Currently, our eyes are fixated on and our hearts are warmed by Alexandra Sheldon’s newest exhibit, A Month In Brittany, currently at Bromfield until March 28th. Alexandra Sheldon is a well-respected artist and graduate of the Museum School of Fine Arts in Boston who currently lives and works in Cambridge. She has received many awards and scholarships for her work, and has even made an appearance on Oprah.

Her latest work, A Month In Brittany, was developed with inspiration from an 18th-century journal that belonged to a soldier of the name Georg Daniel Flohr. In the journal, the French soldier documented his life during the Revolutionary War through pictures and writings. Sheldon took inspiration from Flohr’s handwritings, and how the beauty and pain of the time period was captured through his words, as well as his drawings.

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“Brittany” – Alexandra Sheldon

In addition, right before Sheldon’s trip to Brittany to work on this project, unfortunately, she had to go through the process of losing her stepfather, and was dealing with the aftermath of grief throughout her creative process. A week after her loss, she was already on a plane to go work on this series of art pieces. As Sheldon noted, “I was struggling a lot. It almost hurts to look at these paintings. But then, my way to cure myself and heal myself is to paint.” Thus, spending long days in Brittany, Sheldon channeled her emotions and developed ideas to reminisce about the cycle of life and early spring. She took on a daily routine of morning walks for inspiration; the rural sights would include dreamy farmland with animals and rivers.

There is a certain beauty in resilience, and this is noted in Sheldon’s paintings; the emotions are present in the colors and landscapes, the hues and the contrasts. Feelings of tranquility, and perhaps hurt and sorrow, are bountiful whilst admiring Sheldon’s work, too, but it seems that each painting teaches a lesson regardless.

All-in-all, A Month In Brittany is a beautifully moving exhibition, created with a historical inspiration and a scenic feel — it is truly fitting for all art-lovers alike.

You can view A Month in Brittany online and at Bromfield Gallery through March 28th.

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“Brittany” – Alexandra Sheldon

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