The Art of Rust: Sculptures by Gail Trunick

A short documentary looks at the artist's creative process: equal parts crafty and creepy. 

Northeastern Ohio native Gail Trunick has "never really heard [her] art called beautiful." Her mixed-media sculptures, comprised of clay and rusted scrap, are twisted, expressive, and unique, but certainly not what you’d traditionally consider pretty. And, it seems that as an artist, she’s fine with that.

In this short profile of Trunick and her work, we get a brief glimpse inside her studio. As she talks through her creative process, we are treated to gorgeous visuals of her offbeat creations. It is readily apparent that she is a skilled sculptor and craftsperson, combining raw materials with hand-formed clay shapes. The resulting mixed-media figures emanate a decidedly lived-in essence. Trunick is capturing the texture of life — one that isn’t clean and beautiful, but gnarled and filled with emotion.

As a documentary work, Clay & Rust does an excellent job capturing the unique sensibility of its subject. Director Kevin DeOliveira’s visuals are fittingly overlaid with selective film grain. His stylistic grading and gorgeous use of bokeh are similarly appropriate. It’s a piece with a presentation that is almost as stylistic and interesting as the art itself.

For more work by Kevin DeOliveira, visit http://kevdeo.com.

Ivan Kander is a filmmaker, writer, video editor, and motion-graphic artist from Washington, D.C. He is also an assistant editor at the short-film curation site, Short of the Week. His personal site is www.lucky9studios.com.

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