Unfortunately, it was Paradise, named after a book of poetry by Mahmoud Darwish, is an immersive sensory exploration of home and belonging through collage, social practice, and film. It invites the viewer to contemplate the macrocosm and microcosm of self, other and how we journey to find our places in the world.
Unfortunately, it was Paradise 1, Mixed media collage, 22”x30”, 2022
Unfortunately, it was Paradise 3, Mixed media collage, 22”x30”, 2022
Unfortunately, it was Paradise 4, Mixed media collage, 22”x30”, 2022
Exile and belonging, video, 2022
Bryanna's Artist Statement: In my art practice Imagination of Salvation I use research, social practice, poetry and visualization to create collages, film, actions on the land and hand-made artifacts. These works hold space for the pain and power of place, informed by my own exploration of what it means to belong.
With a background in collage, creative writing, spirituality and economics I have explored the loss of water in the former oasis town of Al Azraq, Jordan; the paradox of ancient wisdom and the 2008 financial crisis in Greece; and the contrast between environmental degradation and protection efforts in the Adirondack Mountains of New York State. My current work exile and belonging in Palestine, where I have lived and worked since 2008.