In addition to launching his genderless skincare brand, Brad Pitt also debuted as a sculptor, shocking his fans. A total of nine sculptures became a part of a group exhibition in Finland's Sara Hildén Art Museum. Venturing into art is nothing new to the actor, however, and the pieces result from years of therapy and meditation with clay, wood, and plaster.
Brad Pitt Reveals His Sculptor Side
Despite debuting publicly just now, Brad Pitt has been open about his artistic personality for a while. In the past, he talked about his love of design and then decided to dive into sculpture and ceramics. During the Bullet Train press tour, the actor confessed his love for The Great Pottery Throw Down. Pitt’s biggest fans also know of him and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood co-star Leonardo DiCaprio doing pottery together in his home studio as a form of therapy and meditation. "I'm making everything. I'm working with clay, plaster, rebar, wood. Just trying to learn the materials," the celebrity sculptor told GQ magazine in 2017. “I find vernacular in what you can make, rather than giving a speech. I find voice there, that I need.”
Pitt, who presented nine sculptures at a group exhibition in Tampere, Finland, spent most of his rookie days at Houseago’s art studio. The exhibition itself, called “We,” is also led by Thomas Houseago, British artist and Pitt’s close friend. Apart from the A-list celebrity’s works, sculptures by Houseago and Australian musician Nick Cave are on display. Surprisingly enough, the actor’s works are not just an awkward artistic representation, similar to other celebrities dabbling in visual arts. Instead, he might’ve found something he's talented at. His works like "Aiming At You I Saw Me But It Was Too Late This Time” showcase the tough feelings caused by relationships and society, and can be easily identified as real monuments.
Radical Inventory Of The Self
In addition to mentally investing in visual arts in itself, Pitt is also making life-long friends, like Houseago. The outstanding British artist, who does sculptures and has also been trying painting, “counts celebrities like Brad Pitt among his closest friends,” per his words. He’s been inspired by Edvard Munch and his bright images, which will perhaps influence Pitt later on. Whether it’s about his past relationships, like the one with Angelina Jolie that ended in recent years, or his childhood, most of the actor's works overlook the past. The A-lister stated that art lets him be very honest with himself. “For me it’s about self-reflection... It was born out of ownership over what I call a ‘radical inventory of the self,’” he mentioned.
“And getting really brutally honest with me and taking account of those I may have hurt and the moments I’ve just gotten wrong,” Pitt explained during the opening of the group exhibition. Fans will be able to see the actor's several works throughout the years of sculping: he created one of the displayed sculptures in 2017 when he just began his journey. Called “House A Go Go,” it’s made of tree bark and tape. Another home-themed work is made of silicon. Shaped like a house, too, it’s full of bullets.
“We,” the exhibition in Finland, will be open for viewers until January 15, 2023.