Knoxville, TN | Painting
Brianna Bass is a painter currently living and working in Knoxville, Tennessee. She received her BFA from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2013. In 2017 she co-founded Mineral House Media, a digital residency and curatorial platform focused on elevating artists through the publication of analytical media coverage. She is an aerial and architectural photographer which enables her to travel and connect with artists across the region.
My work is rooted in a fascination with the phenomena of light, and advanced by the investigation of painting’s compositional mechanisms. The gradient has the capacity to compel illusion, disorient, pacify, and ultimately depict the fleeting processes of light. Gradually changing marks compel the realization of space, the continuity of color suggesting planes that are both receding and advancing. Overlapping, broken gradients can thereby disorient, creating a feeling that the nature of each mark is relative and immeasurable. My work is also invested in the pacifying aspect of the process of painting gradients. By transforming the painting into a mechanical object, utilizing structure to minimize decision-making, a methodology of patience and quiet is engaged. Creating chromatic scales attains a feeling of completeness, a sense of enumerating all the data of light and thereby having access to the whole.