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Daily Inspiration: Meet Bryanna Phimphachanh

Today we’d like to introduce you to Bryanna Phimphachanh.

Hi Bryanna, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I think art has always played an important role in my life. I experienced some difficult situations growing up and I often struggled with expressing my emotions, because of that I really turned to art to find means of expressing myself, processing situations, and releasing my emotions. As I continued to grow up, art remained with me, providing support and companionship. I had decided early on that I wanted to pursue art and I really started developing my work and subject matter around 2019 when I created a series on domestic abuse.

In 2020, I was accepted into ArtCenter College of Design. Since then, I’ve continued to progress my paintings as well as diving into sculpture. I really appreciate all that I’ve been learning at ArtCenter. The community there is so supportive and I feel like I’ve met some of my closest friends there.

Ultimately, I truly believe that my upbringing shaped who I am today and pushed what I feel is so important to convey.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
I think that my journey with art has been smooth, art was one of the only consistent things in my life. I feel like every artist goes through periods where they feel like they aren’t worthy of being an artist or that they don’t feel good enough but I think that’s just part of being an artist. Those feelings pass and all you can do is keep creating.

My personal life has not always been smooth, honestly, I feel like it’s been the rougher aspect of my life. I think that because my personal life was so rocky it definitely made things hard; because of situations and mental health, I had moments or periods where I didn’t create as much as usual because I couldn’t do anything. However, all those instances gave me moments I felt needed to be conveyed.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I work primarily with painting and I’ve been getting into sculpture lately. I often portray subject matters such as mental health, sexuality, domestic abuse, etc; subjects matters that are very personal to me. With my paintings, I work mostly with oil paints however I occasionally use acrylic gouache.

I think I’m really proud of how my art has grown and continued to develop. Entering the 3D realm was also a big step for me; before last year, I felt like I could only think in 2D so all the progress I’ve made has meant a lot to me.

Lately, I’ve been making a series of breastplates. It started last October and I’ve made around 14 since then. However, I feel as though with my art in general, I think something that comes through is how open I am. I often touch on subjects and dive into topics that are very personal to me. I strive for authenticity and intimacy in my work.

In terms of your work and the industry, what are some of the changes you are expecting to see over the next five to ten years?
I plan to graduate in 2024, after that I want to do some residencies and get the opportunity to travel and develop my work further before going into Grad school. As for where my work is going, I really want my work to be in galleries and in the realm of the fine art world.

I want to continue developing my art in sculpture too, I feel like I’m just starting and there’s so much to do. I’m really excited to see where my art starts to go.

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