Demi in Art 110

Wk7 – Artist Conversation – Brianna Meli

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Exhibition Information

Artist: Brianna Meli
Exhibition: OVER_REALMED
Media: fiber, video
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Werby Gallery
Website: http://www.briannameli.com/
Instagram: @melt_brianna

About the Artist

img_4978Brianna is an senior undergraduate student at CSULB in the School of Art Fiber Program obtaining her BFA. She is originally from Fullerton College but then transferred to CSULB. After graduating, she hopes to obtain her Masters in Library Science and include art somehow in her career. This exhibition is her take on the physical world versus the digital and the connections that come with it.

Formal Analysis

Content Analysis

The intent of Brianna’s exhibition is to express her inner turmoil of the physical world versus the digital world. As noted in the synopsis or introduction to the exhibit, she feels that if she were to truly disconnect from the digital world she would lose opportunities to go forward with her art and suffer from lost connections. Nowadays, most people are just a text away so if she threw her phone away, she would also lose the opportunity to see people more. When Brianna is on her phone she thinks to herself is she is being productive or just scrolling mindlessly. Something that this artist said that stuck out to me was that the phone is a tool that helps her. She does not let the phone make her a tool. She does acknowledge that there are positives to having a phone and it is logical and convenient to have one so she does not downright hate them, but questions their purpose sometimes. When friends are hanging out and just on their phones, it’s like what’s the point of coming together as one if we are not going to make a physical or emotional connection by being present? Brianna personally puts her phone away if she is with somebody she cares about to actually be there with them in that moment. Another thing that Brianna mentioned was that it is good to have awareness. By putting your phone down, you will notice the pole you are about to walk into or maybe even the crazy guy following you lol. All in all, when Brianna is not thoughtlessly on her phone without purpose, she feels more satisfied, wholesome, and content as a person.

Synthesis / My Experience

img_4985The picture above is actually me on a daily basis lol! Briana mentioned that being on your phone is so normalized and I absolutely agree with her. I have heard of a few instances where a guy in a coffee shop is just drinking coffee and doing nothing else and people were like “Whoah!” as if it was weird. Another instance is that many times, people (including myself) fake being on their phones just to look busy. Usually at a bus stop or something similar, everyone waiting will just be on their phones and I have heard from a friend that they just went on their phone too just to not look weird. This is how being on our phones is normalized today. Brianna also mentioned about her childhood versus today. Back then, even for myself, having fun and playing meant going outside and playing tag or handball with the other kids. I feel that the generation today mainly uses electronics for entertainment. I played A LOT of video games and whatnot when I was a kid too, but I did not have to be forced outside to get fresh air. I don’t think iPad’s and tablets alike are bad for children, however, there is a noticeable difference in the upbringing of kids due to technological advances. I appreciate that Brianna claimed that her exhibit was not meant to influence anyone, but to mostly express her inner thoughts on the matter through a creative outlet.

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