Brecken Sue Bird

Artist Statement
Brecken Bird’s current series of pastel drawings tell the story of a mermaid who wants to fly. Her name is Flying Fish. She is a heroine that, like Sisyphus, repeats her tale over and over again with the blind hope of achieving an impossible dream. Brecken’s artistic process involves taking self-portraits as reference photos. At first, the process was one of self-discovery, but now the self-portraits are more about exploring a different version of herself. To step into the world of the story, she creates sets and dresses in character, performing the lead role in a dramatic tragedy. When translating the reference materials into pastel drawings, she moves the imagery further away from reality and closer to a mythological story about never giving up on even our most absurd aspirations.

Bio
Brecken Bird was born and raised in Utah and graduated from Utah State University in May of 2016 with a Bachelor's of Fine Art with an emphasis in Drawing and Painting. Her pastel drawings are self-portraits that tell stories inspired by mythology and fairytales. She is currently based in the Boise Idaho area where she lives with her husband and her cat.

EDUCATION
2016 BFA in Drawing and Painting and a Minor in Art History from Utah State University, Logan UT

REPRESENTATION
BOSCO: Boise Open Studios Collective Organization, Boise ID, 2020 – Present
Visual Index, Winston-Salem NC, 2018 – Present
Art Source Gallery, Boise ID, 2018 – 2021

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
2024 Dance Studies: a collaboration between BOSCO and Ballet Idaho, Initial Point Gallery, Meridian ID, February 6th – March 29th
2023 Capital Contemporary Gallery Ornament Auction, Boise ID, December 7th
2023 Storytellers, Las Laguna Art Gallery, Laguna Beach CA, October 5th – 27th
2023 BOSCO Small Works Show, Surel’s Place, Garden City ID, June 15th – July 5th
2023 GRAPHITE, Arch Enemy Arts Gallery, Philadelphia PA, June 2nd – July 2nd
2022 Capital Contemporary Gallery Ornament Auction, Boise ID, December 1st
2022 BOSCO Initial Point Gallery Exhibition, Meridian ID, December 2nd – February 6th
2022 All Shapes and Sizes, JKR Gallery, Provo UT, March 4th – 18th
2021 BOSCO Small Works Show, Surel’s Place, Garden City ID, November 12th – December 18th
2021 Business Card Show, JKR Gallery, Provo UT, July 30th – August 27th
2021 All Shapes and Sizes, JKR Gallery, Provo UT, March 5th – 26th
2020 Small Wonders 9, Arch Enemy Arts Gallery, Philadelphia PA, November 9th – 24th
2020 Postcards From the Pandemic, Arch Enemy Arts Gallery, Philadelphia PA, July 10th
2020 Mythos, Arch Enemy Arts Gallery, Philadelphia PA, June 12th
2019 Capital Contemporary Gallery Ornament Auction, Boise ID, December 1st – 31st
2018 Sugar-Coated, Finch Lane Gallery, Salt Lake City Utah, March 2nd – April 13th
2016 Oh! You Pretty Things: BFA show, Ready-made gallery Chase Fine Arts Center, Utah State University, March 14th – 18th

PUBLICATIONS
https://www.kivitv.com/south-meridian/meridians-initial-point-gallery-presents-dance-studies-art-exhibit-at-city-hall?fbclid=IwAR3016-2nMSeH9f0QGX-XKLEWnlZuVvBpTEd_DVsXaAtOpZe80hEpQYYjXM
https://www.usu.edu/today/story/fine-arts-students-invoke-david-bowie-in-new-exhibit
http://artistsofutah.org/15Bytes/index.php/oh-my-heck-euphemism-is-sugar-coated-at-finch-lane

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