ARTIST TALK: Briana Linden – April 18, 2019

In this Artist Talk, Briana Linden discusses “Sleepwalkers” by Charlene Vickers, which is part of “the map is not the territory”, on view through May 05, 2019.

I have been a leader in arts/culture/education non-profits since 1997; prior to that I was a preschool teacher. Most recently I was Director of Programs for an arts education non-profit where I co-founded an inquiry-based professional development program designed for and by teaching artists where the creative process is front and center as artists examine and articulate what lives at the heart of how and what they teach. I now lead educator workshops and arts education professional development all around the Pacific Northwest. An artist and a mother, I work in social practice, encaustic, printmaking, drawing and photography. I earned my BFA in 2005 from Marylhurst University (focus on works on paper, concentration in natural sciences, thesis in encaustic). In 2007 I had first solo gallery show, Sea & Sky, of prints, drawings and encaustic. Then my work began evolving to a more social practice, and in 2008 I had a collaborative show with my sister, depicting our correspondence from opposite shores through photographs, drawings, prints, writing and installation. In 2016, I co-founded a social practice experiment in artmaking between mother/artists, their children and their community, in which children’s ideas spur the creative process. Through this project, I have been creating opportunities for artists and children to work together towards social change. For example, recognizing a need for children to voice their experience of current events, I envisioned and led a rally in which local artists and musicians guided children in artmaking as resistance. I also developed social practice programming for the art museum, such as a recent print-a-thon, in which I asked children and their communities to respond to the prompts “what I love about where I live” and “my wish for Portland is…” in print form. I am curious about how artmaking can provoke social change, and how it can help us connect to a deep sense of belonging.


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