Today we’d like to introduce you to Rebecca Bruno.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Rebecca. So, let’s start at the beginning, and we can move on from there.
I have been dancing and making art since I was three years old. There is something powerful, sacred, and important about being embodied and about the creative process. I appreciate the process of moving and making thirty years later-even if the greater society doesn’t overtly appreciate these things!
I was lucky to have parents who love music. They have been inviting musicians to play in their living room for over twenty years and when I was younger, I noticed that at these intimate home concerts, many people gathered who wouldn’t normally be in the same room. Something about this observation stuck with me and became the underpinnings for homeLA, a project that I founded in 2013. homeLA brings dance and art into the homes of Los Angeles residents, most recently at the Sowden House in Los Feliz for our twentieth event.
Through my own dance injuries, I became aware of somatic methods like the Feldenkrais Method, Rolfing, Cranial Sacral Therapy, Reiki, and many more modalities that support the internal wisdom of the body to help transform places of trauma and assist in activating the body’s capacity for healing. These studies taught me that there is a deep psychological component to living in a human body. This realization gave me another perspective on working with the body; my body is not just something to control, it is a natural organism with incredible wisdom.
Eventually, I became a massage therapist, then a craniosacral therapist, and now I am studying to become a licensed marriage and family therapist. Along the way, I met my partner, Mak, with whom I have collaborated on many dance and sculpture works in which both mediums are valued equally. Now, we make meditative objects for the home that we hope are soothing and beautiful to live with.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Of course not! Life is one growth challenge after the next.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about homeLA and Objects for Others – what should we know?
homeLA is a way to gather and be in community around the production and performance of work that relates with the site in which it is made. The events are very special, one of a kind, and grow out of the conversations we have together as artists and Angelinos. The homeLA process starts when someone invites me into their home. From there we talk about what it will mean to have artists working in their space regularly and then adventure on the journey of making a performance happen.
As Objects for Others, Mak and I embrace chance and meditation by pairing a dance sensibility with kinetic sound sculptures. Our interests as artists have lead us to create almost ethereal objects that explore sound, whole-body listening and tactile experience. Though the objects we make are intended for the home, we also love to collage them together into installations that inspire play and wonderment. These installations, often activated by performance, have been presented in galleries, private homes, and public spaces.
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Relationship is important. There are plenty of transactional experiences out there, and though it takes more attention, I think that when it is possible to nurture ongoing relationships with collaborators, audiences, collectors, and customers, the work is more satisfying and successful.
- Balancing Chimes by Objects for Others (single ring) $280
- Balancing Chimes by Objects for Others (double ring) $320
- Inquire about hosting a homeLA event via email
- Website: www.rebeccabruno.net
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @rebmoves
- Other: www.homela.org www.objectsforothers.com
Flora Wiegmann, Reduction Burn at the Hammer Museum’s 2018 Made in LA Exhibition, Andrew Mandinach, Delaram Pourabdi, B. Neimeth, Ruben Diaz, Samantha Mohr