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BRIANNA FAITH RIVERS: Of the Burren

September 20th - 28th, 2018

Reception: Thursday, September 20th, 4:30 - 7:00 PM

The Burren is a place of sanctuary and community. The relationships that form there between man and nature help shape the land and bring life out of winter and into spring. There is a balance between life and death, growth and destruction, and a respect for the land that is always present. Studying there opens you up to new perspectives as well as self-exploration. It is an experience that allows artists to explore their roots. Nature becomes your canvas, and the ruins of the past become your present. 

 

Brianna Rivers’ work is a visceral engagement with materials. She composes with nature to help shape the canvas through a variety of natural manipulations. Through her art practice, Rivers’ raises questions about our primal selves as well as our connection with nature and feminine power by utilizing animals as a metaphor. By giving tangible form to otherwise intangible concepts, the viewer is confronted with scenes that play on dominance and submission. Theriomohoric hybrid archetypes raise the question of humanity and our disassociation from our primal self. Animals further this reality with their truth and sincerity. They become the perfect vessel to express the human condition and societal conflicts.