artprize 10 at Bend Gallery
Bend Gallery will be exhibiting Consequence for ArtPrize 10, a video performance by Brianna Lynn Hernandez Baurichter.
Vulnerability, hybridity, and ritual inform my practice through their intimate, interconnected, and cyclical nature. These core elements guide my developing body of work, Anticipatory|Después, which captures the complex layers of trauma, dying, and grief through a caregiver’s eyes. Each piece presents a looped scenario which is constantly evolving yet remaining stagnant in any sense of progress. The body is utilized as an active site of physical and emotional affliction of the dying, the caregiver, and at times the two concurrently. Consequence depicts fulfillment of my desire as a caregiver to make my environment reflect the brokenness of my mother's body and space to absorb my anguish without consequence.
The U.S. tends to have difficulty confronting the realities of life as it relates to death and the process of dying, leaving many to feel isolated and shamed into silence in their grief and trauma. After becoming a caregiver and ultimately losing my mother to cancer, I have made an effort to break down this silence through my artwork and researched others sharing this desire across industries. My developing body of work, Anticipatory|Después, aims to bridge these points of reference to create communal opportunities for healing, and an honest, open dialogue around dying and grief. In making my own experience vulnerable, I invite others to share their stories and offer insight for those close to carers and the bereaved to be more understanding of the challenges their loved ones face.
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Brianna Lynn Hernandez Baurichter is an artist and curator based in the Midwest. After circling Lake Michigan to pursue her BFA in Chicago and MFA in Grand Rapids, Brianna recently returned to her home state of Wisconsin. Brianna's background encompasses arts management, curating, community engagement, studio arts, art conservation, and studies abroad in Paris and Florence. Brianna currently works in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the Medical College of Wisconsin and is an artist at Material Studios + Gallery in Milwaukee, WI.