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Scotland. Brunvand was recently named one

of Utah’s 15 most influential artists, voted on

by Utah’s on-line arts magazine, Artists of


“This multi-part work is from an ongoing

series, The Positive of Space of Silence. These

works use player piano scrolls as a substrate

and as an integral part of the concept. The

scrolls are encodings of music, but by themselves

are silent.

Sandy Brunvand

Born in Michigan, Sandy Brunvand moved to

Salt Lake City in 1982. Sandy is an Assistant

Professor (Lecturer) in studio art & art education

in the Department of Art and Art History,

University of Utah. After receiving her MFA in

2003, she co-founded Saltgrass Printmakers, a

non-profit printmaking studio and gallery

located in Salt Lake City. Brunvand’s artwork

incorporates painting, drawing, printmaking,

and mixed media and has shown throughout

the United States, as well as in Canada,

England, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Bosnia,

China, Colombia, Palestine, Hungary, and

Their negative space encodes the notes, but

the actual scrolls are composed primarily of

positive space. Not only are the scrolls

reminiscent of Asian scrolls in their physical

aspect, I am also emulating the Asian tradition

of grouping scrolls into four seasons of

images, although not as literally as tradition

dictates. There is no season recognition in

war or peace. The titles of the individual

scrolls, when placed in this setting, take on an

entirely different interpretation from their

original intent. Each scroll has images

depicting both a darker turmoil and a hopeful,

peaceful portion rising to the top of the


Each of the scrolls is held down at the base

with one or more wishing stones.”

Sandy Brunvand | April 2018

Positive Space of Silence, Peace

4 Piano scrolls with ink painting

244 x 152 cm | 2017


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