BRIANA ORTIZ

2020 BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS GRADUATE

EMPHASIS IN SCULPTURE

The focus of my work shifts between the environment and the personal investigation of place and identity. I want to draw connections to the environment and my cultural background. My sculptures transform discarded materials into organic forms. 

My work incorporates manufactured materials such as bottle caps, zip ties, water bottles, plastic packaging, plastic straws, fishing line. The size range varies from the height of a chair to the size of a tennis court or room for large scale installations. 

The smaller size works vary between wall installation and freestanding on a pedestal.

The larger range works are mostly free-standing, can also be installed on the wall. I explore ways to engage with single-use plastics, plant leaves, tree leaves from fruiting trees, or remedial plants from my surrounding environment. I experiment with textiles, landscapes, mass-produced plastic material through weaving, and photographic image transfers.

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BRIANA HERSELF

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SNEAK A PEEK AT HER MOST RECENT PIECE

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" Black Snow "  is a response to the sugarcane industry in Florida and its ties to the destruction of the Everglades throughout history. The continuous impact the sugarcane industry has on the residents of Florida is growing as consumption rises and black snow-falls. Florida’s sugarcane pre-harvest fires occur every year from October to May producing 25,000 tons of toxins linked to cancer, birth defects, and asthma while simultaneously destroying Florida’s unique ecosystem.

CHECK BEHIND THE SCENES OF HER THESIS PROJECT

BFA THESIS PROJECT

My intention for the BFA Show was to create three sculptures related to the historical commodities of Puerto Rico. Referencing historic goods using bananas, pineapples, and sugarcane.

As well as [export and import] shipping and trade materials including wood palette’s and synthetic mesh packaging

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