Hopi Breotn

Hopi Breton



Community, physical and social landscape, and identity are themes I explore in my work, and I search for connections between these and a metaphysical space.  I blend common objects, figurative elements, and specific media.  I lean on specific cultural themes, Land Art, Material Culture, and language and literature to guide specific artworks.  Objects such as rocks, logs, buckets, and feet, as well as materials such as gold, wood, iron, and salt are used as much for their symbolic qualities as for their formal qualities.  My installations are linked to specific ideas of rites of passage, voyage, and ritual, where the use of multiples suggests a universal condition.   My most current work focuses on the role of our environment in spiritual growth.  Often my work stems from the visceral use of language such as “grounding”, “salt of the earth”, “to carry”, and I transfer these ideas to imagery and combinations of material.  I organize Bay Area artists in cast iron art events.  The community, ritual, and performance art aspects surrounding these events greatly influence my work.  Many of these performances and resulting work cross-pollinate aspects of professional/domestic life, and play/work.  I am interested in the shared experience that these performances signify, and in seeking life balance both culturally and as an individual.


I am a Bay Area-based artist and Professor of Art at Diablo Valley College, where I head the Sculpture and Metal Arts Programs.  I received my MFA with a concentration in sculpture from Montana State University, in Bozeman, Montana in 2001, and a BA from Loyola University; New Orleans in 1996.   Also, I come from a family filled with musicians and visual artists.  My studio practice focuses on Conceptual Craft-oriented sculpture with a concentration on form, abstracted common objects, and material.  My technical background in metal arts has encouraged me to incorporate process, as in daily living, into my art.  With a 15 year background in teaching and creating work in foundry arts, I have recently shifted to researching and employing more sustainable foundry art practices, which has in turn informed my art practice and work.  I have organized and worked with students and peers to create cast iron art performances nationally, including the International Cast Iron Art Conference at Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham, Al, The Western Cast Iron Art Conference, in Denver, CO, and the Fire Arts Festival at the Crucible in Oakland, CA.  I am motivated by any opportunity to gather, organize, and collaborate with artists.  I have also curated several exhibitions, including “Metaliform, All Things Metal”, “Between Places; Photography and Sculpture”, and “Turf; Ecological Activism and Art” at Diablo Valley College’s Art Gallery.