Brandi Martin – U.S. – Visual Arts and Installations
I’m a nationally recognized teaching artist living and making art in Brooklyn New York. I use multimedia installation, photography, videography, works on paper, or whichever medium is best suited for the concept. I’m an MFA candidate at the School of Visual Arts.
I challenge the authority of any singular medium or point of view by layering narratives embedded in a variety of media. The resulting metacognitive products create a process, instead of the other way around. My art diagrams its own plan, but the transparency leans away from eliminating the mystery involved in art, in thinking.
Translated, I think about thinking, I think about you and how you might think about art by leaving something for you, the viewer, to discover and add within the work.
Ritual Art – Time and Space
This work is about how the processes of disaster and repair are always experienced simultaneously inside of us. While we experience loss over and over again inside ourselves, the act of rebuilding our lives happens at the same time. One of the roles of rituals is to demonstrate that the past, present, and future are supposed to exist together. The effort of rebuilding our lives and cultures after difficult times is not just heroic, but beautiful, even with the scars still there.
This project was inspired by the history of Bulgaria, and Gorna Lipnitsa. Even the idea of this residency, using an empty school to make a new ritual every summer is this kind of effort. I can relate my own past, and my family’s past to the one here.
Adding my history and feelings to a dress that was made by hand from this area symbolizes this universal human effort, remaking our lives with change and ritual.
Organizing and Conducting of Ritual Art – Time and Space edition of the Old School residency is financed under BG 08 Cultural Heritage and Contemporary Arts Programme of the EEA Financial Mechanism.