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Shanna Bruschi

San Anselmo, CA

My work is influenced by what I see…confounded by what I experience…and then completely altered by the time the paint hits the canvas.   I am mostly drawn to abstraction recently because of it’s lack of confines….the challenge of creating something provocative out of nothing, and never knowing what to expect.     My process is very physical, in which I energetically cover the canvas with thick layers of paint, mostly with a palette knife, that are worked and reworked, scraped and peeled.  The texture becomes an object as well as a space; it is empty yet has a restless energy.  This method allows me little control, suggesting emotions and states of being rather than detailing. I love the challenge of rebelling against the rules of order and finding passages of harmony in the discord.   Music is an integral part of my process.  Loud, rhythmic music pulsating in my studio helps take me to an altered state of mind where brushstrokes often follow the beat and forms materialize, simultaneously revealing and disappearing as the music moves me.   I am drawn to dichotomies… movement/stillness…organic/structured…and surrender to the sense of play as the images and materials take form. Painting is a very visceral experience for me and is just as much about the process itself as  it is the product. This recent work is very much about my own personal voyage/exploration.  None of the paintings can be placed but they all involve the journey from one destination to the unknown….internal worlds that I am attempting to externalize….the landscapes of my mind.

I have been a Marin resident for over 30 years, and feel grateful every day to call this my home. I have drawn and painted my whole life, though am basically self-taught, bringing my backround as an art-director/ graphic designer to my current work. I lived in Italy for many years, studying art in Rome, and then in Siena, where despite working as a translator, spent my free time absorbing the beauty and art surrounding me. I live in San Anselmo with my Italian husband, a chef and restaurateur, and two daughters. I am also a marathon-runner, and can often be found on Mount Tam's trails, where I derive much of my daily inspiration.......

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