Human Blueprints by Briahna Wenke

May 31, 2018

The world's greatest artists set-out to capture, define and express the human experience. Briahna Wenke joins the ranks of some of history's finest with her series Human Blueprints. Depicting the multi-layered and often contrasting elements of the human experience, Wenke works with a palette knife to deliver her series of paintings. Her style is deliberately imperfect, textured and choppy "It feels so appropriate since humans are the most dynamic beings on the planet," says Briahna.

 

 

"We all have stories or layers that accumulate as a result of the experiences we live through."

 

"Many of us choose to hide them at all costs. If we actually wore them inside out, revealing the coarse beauty, the jarring flaws, the harmony of colour or lack thereof, how would we look at each other? Any kinder than we do now? Is honesty always better? Honesty saves everyone's time. And sometimes it feels like we are running out." A beautiful sentiment from a remarkably talented artist. 

 

 

 

 

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The human blueprints represent a shift in my focus.  I am utilizing the heavy palette knife technique I have developed and applying it to humans, which feels so appropriate since humans are the most dynamic beings on the planet.  We all have stories, or layers that accumulate as a result of the experiences we live through.  Many of us choose to hide them at all costs.  If we actually wore them inside out, revealing the coarse beauty, the jarring flaws, the harmony of color or lack thereof, how would we look at eachother? Any kinder than we do now?  Is honesty always better?  Honesty saves everyone's time.  And sometimes it feels like we are running out.

Every day I would walk into my studio, attempt to quiet my badgering mind, and just paint. With every hit of my palette knife, each one of these paintings began to take on a character of its own, one I never preconceived.  I see a piece of myself in each one of these, some aggressive and impulsive in nature, while others appeal to a much softer side. 

I enjoyed naming them much more than I thought I would.  Turns out we attach meaning, strength, aversion, or fondness to names too.

Thank you for taking an interest in this journey.  I do believe this is the beginning of something more.

 

 

 

 

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