Treatment FOCUS: Candy Bottoms
Less commonplace today—maybe because they never unstuck cleanly from the not-so-tasty backing paper—Candy Buttons were once a childhood staple. The colorful dots of sugar came in three flavors, lemon, lime, and cherry, arrayed in rows of four.
“Candy Bottoms,” a work reminiscent of the candy (but with a slight twist), recently arrived at CCAHA. Philadelphia-based artist Linda Brenner, who created the work in 1979 using plaster castings and spray paint, brought it in on behalf of its current owner.
“I usually have something lighthearted in my work,” Brenner said. From a young age, she knew that she would be an artist, working primarily in three dimensions. Ceramics was a favorite department at the Tyler School of Art, where she took children’s classes—but getting into the classes presented a challenge. “They were reserved for the older kids,” Brenner said. “It wasn’t so easy to pursue, but I managed.” She later attended the Rhode Island School of Design and has worked full-time as an artist since then.