Interview: Bryne Valenzuela
Luca Curci talks with Bryne Valenzuela during FUTURE LANDSCAPES, third appointment of BORDERS ART FAIR 2023, in Venice at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello.
Bryne is an abstract Artist and Sculptor who began her career in 2013 after nearly 20 years in corporate technology. She chose to pursue art as her career after stumbling upon her motto to “live life with unbridled enthusiasm.” As a free and imaginative spirit born and raised in the deep south of the United States, Bryne was constantly harangued by friends and family to try to lead a conventional life. She witnessed much of the hidden underbelly of American society including racism, abuse, poverty, and hypocrisy. Fighting through the suppression she endured, she has been able to harness her experiences to create art that expresses who she is through vibrant color and experimental textures.
Bryne’s initial works were acrylic on canvas or panel, but she has since expanded her repertoire to include mixed media, often combining acrylics, oils, papier mache, and miniatures to create “deep two-dimensional” representations of concrete and abstract ideas. Bryne sees art as a language open to all, reaching across boundaries. She loves how art can be whatever a person needs at that moment. Her dream is to create a space where anyone can come in, close their eyes, and feel their way through her work. She defines herself as an artist, writer, and explorer who loves giving a voice to others through her work and hopefully, adding that little bit of creativity to a person’s day and possibly encouraging their spark.
Luca Curci – Which subject are you working on?
Bryne Valenzuela – I am working on a new series titled “The Presence of Place” which focuses on spaces and places that have an impact on our internal being (emotions, mental, psyche, and sometimes physical). Places that evoke emotion and often-times a physical or visceral response.
LC – How did you get to your current artistic practice?
BV – I lost my corporate career in 2013 after deciding to take a break to get married and complete my Bachelor’s degree. I was unable to find a new role so I began exploring other interests, industries, and roles. I have always been a hobby artist and as I continued dedicating more and more time to this my family began encouraging me to dig deeper. I started exploring more mediums and techniques and it started taking over our home and my thoughts. I felt my soul begin to breathe as I never had before. Art calms me, it’s meditative, and it is a way to communicate what’s inside.
LC – What are the three hashtags essential to define your poetics that you could not give up?
BV – My three hashtags would be #findingjoyinthechaos, #abstractism #artspeakstoall
LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
BV – Inspiration is all around. Nature, travel, observing people, experiencing food, and sounds. I find inspiration everywhere and in all kinds of experiences; I never know when something in my experience will trigger inspiration.
LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?
BV – For me, it is putting names and descriptions to it. My husband has become very good at bringing cohesion to my thoughts and intentions around each piece. He helps me find the right words that accurately describe where I was when I made each piece.
LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the exhibition?
BV – I do agree and I am grateful for the theme. I feel that it opens the platform of what is art more and draws attention to issues that connect us globally. Art is a language that transcends languages and can bring awareness to people on a personal level. It connects us. It identifies issues and can represent them in a way that does not feel like stodgy, political, or fake.
LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the exhibition’s theme?
BV – The pieces I submitted are very much rooted in the issues that we will face and currently face within our landscapes. In our rush forward through technology we are altering not only our planet which is rapidly changing the landscapes that we are used to but also our own internal mindscapes. Technology is moving at a pace that we are unable to completely assimilate causing a regression in some people while aggressively pushing others forward. I think that in the future it will be much harder to decipher physical landscapes from virtual ones and the land masses that we see today will be swallowed up by the water and then regurgitated into completely different shapes and spaces.
LC – Would you suggest a collaboration with us? What do you think about our services?
BV – I would. I have really enjoyed the care, the connection, and the interactions with everyone. I look forward to future collaborations.
LC – What is your idea about ITSLIQUID GROUP?
BV – They are a service provider, a communications platform, and a group of people who understand the power of art, its ability to connect people, reach across boundaries that may exist, break those boundaries down, and convey a message.