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BRANDICE GUERRA

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"Two-Headed Hereford, Alva, Oklahoma," oil on panel, 12" x 9"

STATEMENT:

I make pictures because I like to tell stories. I particularly enjoy telling highly descriptive and sometimes darkly humorous stories about natural wonders and weirdness.

I have a profound attraction to old objects, old pictures, and old stories; the narrative of my childhood included. It is often a longing for things I have never experienced, having made contact with them only through small-scale printed images in books. As a child I spent many hours with books, putting my face close to the page so that I could breathe in the nutty warmth of the paper and study the miniature pictures. In my innocence I believed that the illustrations were drawn and painted at size. My attraction to old things and the intimacy of miniature scale are married for this reason.

The stories I wish to create are sometimes best told using language borrowed from the art and particularly the painting of the 17th century. One of the defining features of northern European painting in this period is its specificity in description; its reverence in observing and recording the seen world. I like to think that this careful description, which invites close looking, allows the viewer to engage more intimately with the story I am trying to tell.

Oddities, disease, and death have long fascinated artists. My attraction to morbid imagery is the product of a profound love of nature coupled with a fear and subsequent fascination with disease. My attraction to natural, life-sustaining, beautiful things is at uncomfortable odds with my attraction to natural things that can also cause suffering and death. It is borne of an overarching interest in subjects that exist in between or just outside of established categories. My paintings of these images are records of my attempt to try to understand and classify things for which there might not be a tidy classification.

My work often contains images of animals. I am interested in historical interactions between science and art and the use of animals as symbols in art and visual culture. Studying animal symbolism can allow us to better understand our own nature and the nature of our relationship with the creatures with which we share our world. Drawing and painting and the study of natural history have been married since before the Enlightenment. Illustrations of animals provided access to knowledge and wonder that could best be communicated visually. Wonderment is a kind of intellectual passion. I think it can lead to better appreciation and stewardship of animals and by extension the entire natural world.


RESUME

Education:

2009

M.F.A., School of Art and Design, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL

2006 B.F.A., Painting and Drawing, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Awards:
2015 Monumental Ideas/ Intimate Scale Honorable Mention for "This Too Shall Pass, 2014"
River Campus Gallery, Southeast Missouri State University, Juror Benjie Heu
2013 55th Annual Delta Exhibit Honorable Mention, The Neonate, Arkansas Art Center, Juror Monica Bowman
2009 Thesis Award Recipient, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Urbana, IL
2007

Brodie Materials Grant, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, Urbana, IL

Graduate College Fellowship, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, Urbana, IL
2006

Brodie Materials Grant, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, Urbana, IL

Graduate College Fellowship, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, Urbana, IL
Recognition Merit Scholarship, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
2005 Recognition Merit Scholarship, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
2004 Recognition Merit Scholarship, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Selected Exhibitions:
2016 Zg Winter Group Show, Zg Gallery, Chicago, IL
2015 Wanderlust, group show, Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Intime: Small Paintings and Drawings, group show, First Street Gallery, Eureka, CA
Super Creeps, The Malia Matsumoto Pop-Up Gallery, Eureka, CA
Brandice Guerra: Naturalia, New Paintings & Works on Paper, Zg Gallery, Chicago, IL
Observations and Collections, group show, Clara Hatton Gallery, Colorado State Univ., Fort Collins, CO
Monumental Ideas/Intimate Scale, River Campus Gallery, SE MO State Univ., Cape Girardeau, MO
Scientificous, group show, Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center, Cincinnati, OH
2014 "Wunderkammer," Science Museum Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, OK,
2013 "The 28th Annual Tallahassee International", FSU Museum of Fine Arts, Tallahassee, FL

"Mayhem", Group Show, Arc Gallery, San Francisco, CA

"Playground: Art Inspired by Childhood" Group Show, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, CA
"Solemnity", Group Show, Flow Art Space, Minneapolis, MN
"55th Annual Delta Exhibition" Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AR
2012

"The Day on Fire:Apocalypse in Contemporary Art,"E.TN State University, Johnson City, TN

"Brandice Guerra: Paintings of the Monstrous &Fantastic," OK Historical Society Museum, Aline, OK
"Brandice Guerra: Paintings," Graceful Arts Center, Alva, OK
2009

"Magnitude Seven," Group Show, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

"Fieldwork", Group Show, iSpace Gallery Chicago, IL
MFA Thesis Exhibition,  Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois, Champaign, IL
“6th Annual Surrealist, Visionary, Fantastic” group show, Caladan Gallery, Cambridge, MA
“Boys Will Be Boys”, group show, Fe Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
“Specters” two person show, Springer Cultural Center, Champaign, IL
Selected Bibliography:

2013

International Painting Annual 3, Manifest Press

Concept art, animation assets, and illustration for Frivolous Twist's "Lexicon Larry's West Word" app. for iOS. 
"Stranger in a Strange Land: Brandice Guerra" by Molly O' Connor, Art Focus Oklahoma Mag., March/April 2013
Leslie Newell Peacock. Exhibition Review. "A Rich Delta", Eye Candy, the Arkansas Times, 1/23/13

2012

Exhibition Catalog. The Day on Fire: Apocalypse in Contemporary Art. East Tennessee State University, 2012 

Civitas: Academic journal cover design, Northwestern Journal of Citizenship Studies, Vol.1, 2012

2010

Digital Natural History Illustrations, Digital Landscape Murals. Rend Lake Preserve, Illinois

2009

Acrylic Natural History Illustrations. Grand Bay Preserve, Mississippi

Digital Natural History Illustrations. Living Desert Preserve, New Mexico
Exhibition Catalog. "Magnitude 7 2009", Manifest Gallery Volume 36, June 2009
Guia Cortassa. Artspotting Monthly Column (Young Artists Yet Unknown in Italy), Lobodilattice Mag., May 2009
Commissioned by the Springer Cultural Center of Champaign to execute a painting for
the creation of posters and playbills for the ballet at the Virginia Theatre, February 2009

2006

Katrina Kuntz. “Is The Best Art In the Bathroom? A short Review of the BFA Show”
F News Magazine, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, May 2006

Matt Hoffman. “Artist Corner: Brandice Guerra,” Buzz Magazine, October 2006
Public Collections:

Science Museum Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, OK

Springer Cultural Center of Champaign, IL

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