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bunny westerns
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besotted
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interiors / exteriors
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container homes
abandoned banquets
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I am interested in capturing emotions, in using events as they happen.
“Comedy is a distortion of what is happening, and there will always be something happening.” Steve Martin, Born Standing Up. Although Mr. Martin applies his homily to his craft of comedy I believe it is transferable to the practice of art. What better time to do some navel gazing art than when I have a little person growing inside of me, right behind my navel. This new person that will always have this permanent mark from being connected to me. This mark of continuum. This mark of linking. This bellybutton.


brenna pregnantpregnancy series 1 - 6
Being with child meant to me that for this short time I was divided. A duality of self. I Painted these in order as my pregnancy progressed. The image of the shooting star seemed to resonate with the miraculous event. The bear at the table is adapted from an illustration. I became aware that my ingredients were being hungrily demanded by the other half of me. The very pink #5 was painted in the daytime and I went into labor that night. It seems sketchy unfinished but because it was time-stamped by the event it can not be reworked. #6 was done after the pregnancy and the new division of self became work or domesticity.
 

 

pregnancy 1

 

pregnancy 1
acrylic on canvas
13" x 16"
2001
Brenna George

pregnancy 2 pregnancy 2
acrylic on canvas
13" x 16"
2001
Brenna George

 

 

pregnancy 3
pregnancy 3
acrylic on canvas
13" x 16"
2001
Brenna George

 

 

pregnancy 4
pregnancy 4
acrylic on canvas
13" x 16"
2001
Brenna George

 

 

pregnancy 5
pregnancy 5
acrylic on canvas
13" x 16"
2001
Brenna George

 

pregnancy 6
pregnancy 6
acrylic on canvas
13" x 16"
2001
Brenna George

 

waiting to deliver
The summer of 2001 in Winnipeg was sweltering. I was in my third trimester with my first child. All that extra blood rushing around in me made me hot. We had no air-conditioning in our apartment. So I went to Video Pool, a free space for artists just to be artists. I spent my days in the cool narrow equipment room that is filled with intriguing gear. I always find video gear exciting. I like the anticipation of things yet unmade and the thought of the bizarre and banal things that others and I have already made with these art making devices. I brought my watercolour kit and painted the coiled cables hanging on the pegboard wall. The loose expanding oval opening reminded me of being ready to deliver and of how the RCA, BNC, Svideo, audio and video cables were also waiting to deliver. My opening would stretch to an unimaginably large oval very soon.

 

Waiting to deliver 1

 

 

waiting to deliver 1
watercolour on paper
9" x 12"
2001
Brenna George
Waiting to Deliver 2

 

waiting to deliver 2
watercolour on paper
9" x 12"
2001
Brenna George

 

Waiting to Deliver 3

 

waiting to deliver 3
watercolour on paper
9" x 12"
2001
Brenna George

eggs going up the river styx
I painted this small dark work after being pregnant with my second child and miscarrying. It is an odd and horrible thing to go into labour when you know its not time and you don't want to. I adapted the image from an old Easter card.

eggs going up the river styx
acrylic on canvas
9" x 12" 2003
Brenna George