It's interview time again! Today's interview is with Brienna who has a shop filled with gorgeous paintings, drawings and prints. You really should go check out her stuff. It's amazing! She's got some mad skills, people. Now, on with the interview. 1. Who are you and what do you do? My name is Brienna and I’m a surrealist painter and yoga teacher in England. I paint animal and plant hybrids, examining unusual relationships and narratives. All of my work is deeply rooted in empathizing with another living being in the context of our own happiness and suffering. It is an exploration of what it means to be alive. And some of it is just plain funny (as life is quite humorous and filled with idiosyncrasies).
2. Why do you do what you do? It feeds my soul. Painting is both peaceful and frustrating; it is a microcosm of all interactions with the world. It illustrates what I cannot say in words.
3. How long have you been doing it? (Your craft, not doing IT) In Kindergarten I remember formally deciding I was going to be a professional artist.
4. Name something (an inanimate something) you love, and why. I don’t think I actually love anything inanimate. I love living things, like my flower garden, my husband, or my neighbor’s cat. My yoga mat and my cooking pots are perhaps the closest thing to that, but I can always replace them and I honestly wouldn’t mind. Perhaps the photographs of my favorite memories, but even those aren’t the things I cherish, the moments have already happened and I’ll always have them regardless of their tangible record. Hmm, perhaps gastronomic art, that is something I do thoroughly enjoy (to eat) and it’s inanimate (usually).
5. What is one of your biggest pet peeves? Apathy towards others. But it is usually a sign of personal suffering so I feel sorry for the lonely island they have created in their mind.
7. I think that three is the magic number. What is your magic number? Hmmm, in painting I adore triptychs; they seem complete. Stories have a beginning, middle, and end. What we understand of our existence is made up of three parts: birth, life, and death. Food is broken into threes: breakfast, lunch, dinner… lots of threes… I find it a very peaceful number, so I’m going to have to agree with you!
So, go check Brienna's shop. You're bound to find something you can't live without.