Brenda Star first gained wide attention with large columnar works made with or covered by cement and cement-like materials, compact forms whose dense surfaces are rubbed with layers of pigment. She has also made work that uses linear, lyrically convoluted forms curving through space and cast in bronze, with patinas of shifting color.
Her most recent pieces have employed plaster and mesh fabric to create forms from human anatomy and, in a related series, cast polyurethane and actual deer's feet, making a striking marriage of materials. Star's concerns have consistently centered around how we read verbal and visual language, and how these understandings do and don't cross cultures and time.
Star's sculptures have been exhibited at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts, and the Newport Art Museum in Rhode Island.