In "American Dreams" at Bakehouse, Sculptures Tell a Thousand Words

The ten year anniversary of 9/11 has everybody looking for a way to commemorate. It seems especially prevalent in the art world, where artists of all kinds are helping to voice the range of emotions that other people are feeling about America.

But there is some art that speaks about American culture without being directly influenced by the anniversary. For the past two years, Jeff and Sabrina Williams have worked together to take recycled and found materials and created sculptures. The pieces are not simple, but rather full, detailed scenes, and colored brightly. They depict stereotypical views of American life, from trailer parks, to farms, to backyard barbeques.

One man's white trash is another's treasure.
One man's white trash is another's treasure.

"The way it all started was we realized that every time we traveled

somewhere we didn't want to take pictures anymore, because we're

photographers. We just wanted to experience it," Sabrina said.

They began sketching scenes and upon returning home they constructed

models that were later photographed for the project. The figures in the

models look like something out of an animated film, and the couple is

often asked if they will do a stop-animation short. For now, they're

sticking to stills.

"Wake Me Up."
"Wake Me Up."

"A lot of the images have a story behind them, and we're trying to tell

one story with one single frame," Jeff said. The stories behind the

photos are sometimes even more bizarre than they are depicted. "The

chicken [buried with his feet sticking out of the ground] is a true

story. We were at a guy's house; he had killed a rooster and buried it

upside down to teach the other chickens not to wake him up in the

morning. The story behind some of these is quite interesting," Jeff


They don't provide written explanation with the artwork, however,

because they prefer the face-to-face interaction. "I choose to rather

tell someone the story when we're right in front of them," Jeff said.

When he isn't around to give explanations, "it lets the story unfold in

the viewers' head."

Interestingly enough, only Jeff is from the U.S. - Tennessee to be

exact. Sabrina was raised in Brazil. The different backgrounds provide

for a blended perspective and interpretation on what America is.

See "American Dream" at Bakehouse Art Complex (61 NW 32nd St Miami). The

exhibit will feature high-resolution photos of the Williams's original

sculptures. The complex opens at 12 p.m.. For more information, visit or call 305-576-2828.

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