A few years ago I was hired to work at an art intensive program for high school students. Over the course of fourteen days a handful of artists and instructors, myself included, forced art into and out of a small number of high school students. The program was challenging, but it pushed the students to be better thinkers, creators, tinkers and makers. However, the art intensive is a story for another time. For now I want to draw attention to two of the talented female artists I worked along side of during that program. It did not take me long to realize that Brianna Barrett and Jamie Sanin were funny, kind and talented individuals who shared a passion for art and a heart for people. All qualities that the world needs more of and all qualities that the SAP blog desires to promote. So it is with great pleasure that I am introducing them to you here at SAP. Oh, and did I mention they are putting on an art show in Brooklyn, this weekend? Keep reading to find out more information about it!
SAP: Tell me about your art… What is it you do, what is your style and what is it all about?
Jamie Sanin: Currently, I am really into painting. I like to manipulate the medium and play with texture and color. My art is playful and touchable, (and I hope that people touch my paintings whenever they see them). I also believe that there is a boldness that comes out in my work through the use of colors, shapes, application techniques, etc… Which is interesting because I see myself as a bold person. My more recent work has included portraits of younger people who inspire me personally and are notably bold within their fields—such as Alex Newell and Lady Gaga—so it’s all sort of related.
SAP: I love how you encourage viewers to interact with your paintings. That isn’t something that most galleries even allow. And textured works can be so tempting to run your fingers over… I suppose that’s why most museums have guards posted everywhere! What about you, Brianna?
Brianna Barrett: My art is a lot of things! Most often I focus on abstraction, or a representational way of expressing myself and/or my experiences. Although I usually create very colorful abstract expressionist pieces, I have begun to switch things up a bit by using a limited palette of just white, black and gray. I feel that this allows me to better convey my memories through my work.
SAP: Tell me a little about your creative journey or process…
Jamie Sanin: I am inspired by so many things all of the time—visual art, music, dance, theater, pop culture, science, cities, people… My art is a reflection of where I’m at, and what I’m seeing, and how I’m seeing it at the time; and I look forward to seeing where it fits in the grand scheme of history.
Brianna Barrett: I have been an artsy little bug since I was very young, although I never thought being an artist was something I could do as a ‘grown up’. Even so, from a young age, my mother was a huge inspiration in my art making. She’d always encourage creativity, and displayed it in her own way through her inexpert, yet eager, and creative approaches to interior design. The late, great Frida Kahlo is another huge influence in my creative journey. She incorporated the concept of balance between peace and pain in her work, as have I. I have gained much inspiration and a drive for art making through grieving. I’d like to think that art has kept me alive while others were dying.
SAP: Our past and present situations, along with our hopes and dreams for the future strongly impact who we are. Both of you use art to make sense of these things in such a manner that powerfully expresses yourselves and the life around you. Perhaps, in the grand scheme of history, your art will help others to better understand the past and to see the world as you both see it now—full of inspiration, joy, peace and pain.
You have a show coming up this Friday, 7-9pm, at The Living Gallery in Brooklyn. Its called ‘2 Friends’. Tell me more about it.
Jamie Sanin: 2 Friendssssssss! 2 Friends WILL BE the GREATEST ARTISTIC EXPERIENCE TO OCCUR… EVER. It may be happening because one of the two friends is moving far away. It may be happening because both friends woke up one morning at the exact same time with the exact same idea for the exact same, unparalleled art show. Either way, 2 Friends will take viewers on a journey, give the world what it needs right now, and challenge all other art shows to step up and match it.
Brianna Barrett: To me, 2 Friends is a synonym for celebration. Jamie and I became good friends fairly quick and bonded over many things, one being art—of course. And I can’t think of a better way to get together and have fun than by gathering all of our favorite people (and hopefully strangers-soon-to-be-new-friends) into one space to celebrate art and friendship.
SAP: Sounds like a show you do NOT want to miss! If anyone wants to learn more about 2 Friends, where can they go to do so?
Jamie Sanin: The event is for one night only and more information can be found on the Facebook event page.
Brianna Barrett: Come to the show! You’ll find out everything you could want to know and more by being there! It starts at 7pm, this Friday, May 27th and is located at The Living Gallery in Brooklyn, (1094 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11221).
SAP: And what if people want to learn more about you personally as artists?
Jamie Sanin: Check out my webpage: jamiesanin.weebly.com
Brianna Barrett: That’s another reason to come to the show, but I also have a few social media outlets where I post some of my work:
SAP: Thanks ladies! You are both incredible artists and fantastic people. I’m so glad you took the time to tell me and my readers a little more about yourselves, your work and your show, 2 Friends! Any good quotes you’d like to leave us with?
Jamie Sanin: “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” -Mohandas Gandhi
No one’s gonna live your life for you—make it happen, people!
Brianna Barrett: “If you’re not having fun, you’re not doing it right!” -An unknown, but very wise person
Did I not tell you all that the two of them were great people? Be sure to check them out on their social media pages, and if you are looking for something great to do on Friday, stop by their show! As if you don’t have enough reason to do so already, there will be food, drink and free presents for all who attend! Read more about that on the 2 Friends Facebook event page.
Until next time,
Sarah Ann Platt