brenna george

Painting

daily dramas
handling chaos
dark water
bunny westerns
besotted
play battling
interiors / exteriors
nursing
pregnancy
container homes
abandoned banquets
wallpaper
plein-air
ribbons 3
ribbons 2
ribbons 1
 
 
 
  • Play Battling Play Battling My voice as a mother is expressed in tableau paintings. I am fascinated to record the most important people of my life as they engage in play battles. In the summer of 2009 my three young children made up new dramatic plays daily. I helped them make comic books of their adventures. I took photos of them acting out their scenarios, then in Photoshop added the imaginary items each child requested, such as green goo strands and bubble shields. We added bubbles of text in the Comic Life program. What initially intrigued me about this project was the playful enacting of real drama. It is a mode of expression that is playful and light and yet holds significance for a much more dire communications. Anger, rage, injury, suffering, fragility, isolation, love, caring- interacting figure express these. But why at a certain time when I photograph their play are they revealing one communication and why do I choose to paint that pose instead of the fifty others? I think it is the immediate needs and current history of what is happening in our family. The photographs I choose to paint reveal what they need to enact but also what I as the viewer and participant as Mother need to express. As this series progressed I reduced the colour pallet to the primary colours. I chose a colour for each of my children. As an artist mother my three children completed my world, just as the primary colours are all that one needs to record everything. The blackness in the background became the threatening elements of the world that I cannot keep my children completely safe from. The white became the canvas - the framework of art. I received a Winnipeg Arts Council Grant to help me finance this series.
  • comic page we made in the summer of 2009
  • comic page we made in the summer of 2009
  • comic page we made in the summer of 2009
  • "Airlows Tornado Attack" acrylic on canvas 20" x 30" Brenna George 2009
  • "Star beams vs. green goo rays" acrylic on canvas 20" x 30" Brenna George 2010
  • "Bubble Shield Green Goo" acrylic on canvas 20" x 30" Brenna George 2010
  • "Battling lighting attack" acrylic on canvas 20" x 30" Brenna George 2010
  • "Watergun" acrylic on canvas 20" x 30" Brenna George 2010
  • "Crack it open" acrylic on canvas 20" x 30" Brenna George 2010
  • "Making home" acrylic on canvas 20" x 30" Brenna George 2010
  • "Support Structure" acrylic on canvas 20" x 30" Brenna George 2010
  • "Saving the moon" acrylic on canvas 20" x 30" Brenna George 2010
  • "The Divide" acrylic on canvas 20" x 30" Brenna George 2011
  • "Light in Darkness" acrylic on canvas 2 0" x 30" 2011 Brenna George
  • "Horse fight" 20" x 30" Brenna George 2013