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Breathing with the Elements by Jill O’Bryan
June 24, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pmFree
Join acclaimed artist Jill O’Bryan for the opening reception of her premiere solo show at Zane Bennett Contemporary Art: Breathing with the Elements.
Thousands of New Mexicans have passed Jill O’Bryan’s yellow-and-black billboards on I-25 South between Santa Fe and Las Vegas, New Mexico. The latest sign read “7.5 billion of us breathing together right this moment.” Not too far from where it sat is O’Bryan’s studio, situated atop a mesa outside Las Vegas. This is where she breathes, connects with the earth, and creates artwork distilled from her experience.
Breathing with the Elements offers an intimate window into O’Bryan’s world. She explores her relationship to the land through two new series of breath paintings, large-scale frottages, and never-before-exhibited photographs that require close proximity. O’Bryan writes, “Whether through breath drawings, meditation paintings, earth rubbings or photography. I experiment with alternate ways of being immersed in primal connections to the earth, the moon, the air, and the sky—to record our presence here as we leave impressions of ourselves on the environment, and the environment forms and informs us.”
Jill O’Bryan (b. 1956, Chicago, IL) is an artist whose practice lives between meditation and aesthetics. Though the artist’s practice initially centered on painting, a fruitful love affair with the tranquility of Southwestern landscapes combined with diligent practice of mindfulness has enabled O’Bryan to expand into works both 2D and sculptural that examine the place of breath and the body in relation to the natural world.
O’Bryan has exhibited internationally and has shown extensively in New Mexico. Her work is also housed in the permanent collections of institutions such as the Brooklyn Museum, the National Gallery of Art, and the Davis Museum at Wellesley College.