Week 7: Artist Conversation – Brianna Meli

Exhibition Information: 

Artist: Brianna Meli

Exhibition: Over_Realmed

Media: fiber, video

Gallery: Marilyn Werby Gallery

Website: BriannaMeli.com

Instagram: melt_brianna 

About the Artist:

Brianna Meli is an undergraduate student at CSULB. She is in the fiber program and working on her BFA. After graduation, Brianna wants to get a Masters degree in library science. She is interested in incorporating art in libraries. She attended CSULB in 2010 pursuing a degree in illustration. She left school to start a business with a friend. She then returned to school to pursue a degree in fiber. 

Content Analysis:

On opposite walls of the exhibition, there are videos playing. At first glance, the videos seem identical. However, one video is of a woman on her phone while the other video shows the same woman knitting. Hanging on another wall are large knit banners that say IDK. The banners are colorful, with colored wires woven in them. On the left corner hangs a small banner that says LOL… in red.  Opposite of the banners is a chair with a quilt draped over it. The quilt is white with patches of black, yellow, and red. On the quilt are knitting needles. Instead if yarn, the needles knit colorful chords and earphones. 

Synthesis

I felt that Brianna’s exhibit was a unique exhibition with a clear message.  She is trying to say that technology has its good and bad sides. Many times, people are too attached to the technological world and are not interacting in the physical world.  Many people hide behind social media. I often see this problem in myself as well as others. Technology is good in spreading information. But it is bad in that people often cling on to it. 

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