Shanna Bruschi

Shanna Bruschi



   100 florence ave, San Anselmo, CA

I am a self-taught Marin artist. My work is influenced by what I see, confounded by what I experience, and then completely altered by the time the paint hits the canvas.

My process is very physical, in which I energetically cover the canvas with thick layers of paint, mostly with a palette knife, that are worked and reworked, scraped and peeled. The texture becomes an object as well as a space; it is empty yet has a restless energy. This method allows me little control, suggesting emotions and states of being rather than detailing. I love the challenge of rebelling against the rules of order and finding passages of harmony in the discord.

Music is an integral part of my process. Loud, rhythmic music pulsating in my studio helps take me to an altered state of mind where brushstrokes often follow the beat and forms materialize, simultaneously revealing and disappearing as the music moves me.

Painting is a visceral experience for me and is just as much about the process itself as it is the product. This recent work is very much about my own personal voyage/exploration. None of the paintings can be placed but they all involve the journey from one destination to the unknown, internal worlds that I am attempting to externalize… the landscapes of my mind.