RAW:Brooklyn visual artist Brenna Eagan is a young oil painter who has netted our attention with her detailed portraits and intimate subject choice. We hosted a brief Q&A with the artist to learn more about what spurs on her work.
Tell us about your journey as an artist thus far and what’s influenced you to arrive where you are today.
"I think that it started out in high school as a hobby, in college as a passion, and now as a lifestyle. I can’t see myself doing anything other than making art and being in this world. People can be moved by many things such as music and nature, but art always provided that emotional escape for me. I love learning and finding new inspirations, and a lot of my motivation comes from seeing talented people succeed in this field by staying true to themselves."
How would you describe your style?
"I would say that I’m still figuring out exactly what it is, but compared to other styles of art, Isuppose you could place it with realism. I love painting people, and I stay true to life rather than going more abstract. I do pay close attention to detail and have a fairly delicate hand. I am also probably the cleanest artist you’ll meet, my organizational tendencies play a big role."
What and who inspires you creatively?
"People, emotions and memories heavily inspire my work, as far as subject matter. I am inspired by a lot. I keep a folder on my computer called 'Inspiration' in which I constantly deposit new images and information. More recently, I’ve been reading poetry and writing streams of consciousness and then find ways of using those words and ideas in my artwork. Some artists that I admire include Egon Schiele, Cy Twombly, Helen Frankenthaler, Marlene Dumas and Stef Driesden, but the list is endless."
What are some themes you often visit through your work?
"I am drawn to subjects of ambiguity, which includes quite a lot. Much of my work comes from a personal inner place, and by getting my thoughts and feelings out there I hope that the viewer will make a connection to their own experiences. I like exploring the fragility of human emotions and the moments that we don’t always notice. I have only really surfaced these things in most of my work so far, but I get more in touch with what I want to portray every day."
What’s next for you?
"I have no idea what’s next, and that really excites me. I am still a student experimenting with new ideas and media in every class, absorbing as much information as I can from the talented and knowledgeable people around me. There is so much that I want to do, and I have plenty of time for it all; it’s going to be really great."
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