Thursday, October 08, 2009

Brenda Draney wins RBC painting Competition

Brenda Draney, Vancouver

Oil on canvas
48” x 52”
February 2009

Brenda Draney is interested in how memory, which is by its nature personal, operates in families, communities and cultures. While her paintings source her own memories, she is less concerned with documenting a memory as she is with the process of remembering and getting her hand to remember. She sees her work as a gesture toward a remembered thing, person or event and hopes that the viewer will be willing to do the work of connecting images to create the story around the moments, elements and omissions. The space in the canvas is important, she says, whether it is about what is forgotten, kept secret or filled in by a viewer. “Narrative is based on what is missing, and that absence is important and present in my work.” Brenda Draney holds a BA in English Literature and a BFA from the University of Alberta, and a Master of Applied Arts degree from Emily Carr University of Art and Design.


TheBlueMask said...

Seems like an awful lot of education to come up with a Dzama imitation.

jc said...


I think it may have the same feel as a dzama, but it's not about the same issues.

TheBlueMask said...

Now get her to join the blog! lol

cara said...

too funny.

I actually like her conceptual framework (um is that what they call it in art) the way she approaches and theorizes her work?

word veri: gentsla

let's be gentsla thist time around.

Andrew Woodside said...

I am interested to know where I can see a higher resolution picture of this painting, because for something that won first place in a national painting competition, no offense to the artist, but it looks like it required very little talent and very little time to create. I know that the artist has an extensive background in art so I'm quite confused.