October | 2021
I just completed this piece for a lovely family. In my own artwork, I so often incorporate meaningful items from my day-to-day life, as a means to spend more time with them, to record them, to 'preserve' them in a way. It is always such a gorgeous process for me to spend time with the personal items of others, and weave them into the artwork that I create for them. This piece involved that type of creative process. The artwork includes items like an old license plate, an aged letter's envelope, a sweet piece of writing, crocheted fabrics made by a family member, found four-leaf clovers, their wedding invitation cover, footprints of grandchildren, as examples. The five trees also represent their five grandchildren. So special for me to create art like this for others! Made with lots of love...
October | 2021
The days are getting shorter, darker, and cooler but new roses
have been blooming at Gallery Stratford!
My exhibition COVID BLOOM closes on October 11th.
August | 2021
I am thrilled to share that my art project titled COVID Bloom is on exhibit at Gallery Stratford, opening tomorrow, August 14th. The gallery has undergone some amazing renovations over the many months of closure and I am grateful to have this project of mine up in the new, beautiful space and in this very exciting time of re-opening after so long.
The seeds for this work came to me in April of last year (2020), during the intense days of our first COVID lockdown. On a strong gut feeling, I put out a call for roses on my social media. I invited anyone and all members of their household to draw a rose for me. This started a deeply beautiful and meaningful process that ran the course of more than a year. Several roses popped up in my email from many different homes and from people of all ages.
COVID Bloom is a collaborative work, a unique record of such a momentous time in our lives. I printed, carefully cut out, and gradually planted all of those very different and expressive roses into one garden on my typical canvas that is Lexan glass. The exhibition of this work includes two other blank Lexan panels, inviting viewers to draw a rose on their surface.
In this way, I am encouraging the garden to continue to grow...
A full artist statement describing this art project and what I plan to do with the two new pieces that will come out of this exhibition is here:
Thank you again to all who sent me a rose, helping to make this project happen. I LOVE every single one of them! I invite you to visit the artwork and search for your beautiful contribution. And for anyone interested in drawing a rose for me at this time, please do visit the gallery.
Those new glass pieces are waiting for you...
May | 2021
The "rose" piece is well underway. In March of this year, I eagerly began assembling the roses (see November post below) onto Lexan glass, in a combination of collage, painting, drawing, and printmaking. The process is a slow and tender one. Bringing the wild variety of styles together into one piece has been the biggest visual puzzle I have ever tried to solve! But, I am loving the challenge
and embracing all of the lovely surprises that come up as I play around with finding each rose's place. There are many
more roses awaiting their entry into the piece.
The completed collective work will be exhibited this coming summer, 2021, at Gallery Stratford. Stay tuned!
Images: Details of rose work in progress
January | 2021
I was commissioned to create this piece for a very good friend of mine–a surprise gift for Christmas from her husband. The details in this landscape were inspired by our many, many "sanity" walks and talks through all four seasons of the momentous year of 2020.
It ended up being a gift for me, too, to create this!
sanity walks through all 4 seasons, mixed media on Lexan glass, 21" x 27"
December | 2020
I recently completed creating this piece for a little one's first birthday. (Peaches are her favorite food and her daddy's nickname for her). Happy 1st Birthday sweet Sevrine!! Made with love for you!! xo
Love-layered Peach Cake, mixed media on Lexan glass, 9" x 11"
November | 2020
This past month I've been spending time with all of those roses that came to me in the early spring.
I put out a request for them on Facebook in April 2020
(for more info, view the posts at: https://www.facebook.com/SilvanaBruniArtist),
during the intense days of the COVID lockdown, and it was just amazing having roses pop up in my email from so many homes, and different people in those homes, big and small. I have now printed each and every single one of them and it has been a fascinating process to retrace every curve, squiggle, bump, and point of their outlines with my scissors...all the while brainstorming ways in which they will come together into one piece. I do know that it will be one beautifully wild garden!!
If you didn't get the chance to create/send in a rose, you still can! Please contact me.
July | 2020
My most recent commissioned piece finally made it to its home in Toronto this week
and landed beautifullyin the space it was created for.
quiet city morning (diptych), mixed media on Lexan glass, 2020
April | 2020
Beautiful roses have been blooming in many different homes all week! I am so touched by each and every one that has come to me so far (THANK YOU♥️!)...and I am excited about what they will inspire me to create! Keep them coming...
For more info go to: facebook.com/SilvanaBruniArt