“Renewed and Rejuvenated – Discards into Art”
New Bedford Art Museum
New Bedford, MA
Excerpt from the exhibition catalog
(Steve Bradford’s) art is often peopled with figures that refer to an earlier youth, whether the artist’s or our own. Tiny dolls abound and seem to participate in an unfinished or unexplained narrative, arrayed as they are in ranks, or in their absence, represented by tiny, dollhouse-scale furniture among groves of twig trees or some other mysterious environment. These compositions are highly organized, but seemingly fragmentary. It is as if they come from a dream world poorly remembered and only vaguely understood, an odd world with symbolic possibilities that challenge our own narrative inventions.