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Featured Artist: Bri Cirel
Layers of Deconstruction
I am interested in what artists are making, what they are saying, and what they are not saying. More artists, people, and marketing campaigns producing visuals then ever before creates a barrage of imagery that is confused in purpose and intention.
Breaking down visuals is a knee jerk reaction for me. I sift through the propaganda and buried context behind images and try to understand what is attempting to be communicated.
My painting style echoes this approach. I use layers of images in a manner that is initially seen as a whole, but deconstructs into separate elements upon further inspection. I use text in my paintings to deliver commentary while also utilizing the font’s graphic qualities to distort the image. All information is in plain sight but organized in a way that hides from the viewer at first glance.
I feel compelled to explore repetitive imagery in art, such as Marylyn Monroe or female nudes, because I am interested in why artists choose to represent these subjects over and over again. Similarly, I have compulsions to work with imagery with established context rather than pull from my raw imagination. I feel visual communication is so vast that by utilizing the established context behind recognizable imagery, I can more clearly examine the principles of the visual language and use what I learn with purpose and intention.
Painter and video artist Bri Cirel received her Bachelor's degree in Film and Media from the California College of Arts. Bri is currently building a collection of oil paintings, while also pursuing video arts in the form of no budget music videos and time lapsed painting shorts. Painting out of LA, Bri worked as a resident artist for a movie prop house in Hollywood where she painted decorative works and designed custom dressings for set backdrops.
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