The “Riding” series speaks of freedom and traveling through life.
To the City, oil on canvas 30”x 72”
Award Of Excellence
Manhattan Arts International
The Healing Power of ART 2019
Taking on life’s challenges and then, overwhelmed, we must breath…. and let go. Celebrating these moments when we allow ourselves to let go. Metaphorically, these are mine.
My sign is Cancer, so I am water. Enveloped by it, I feel my soul mending. The underwater series began as a series about visual healing. It was the first time I created art purely for its visual healing power. These images are meant to invite the viewer to interact; to image themselves as the subject, floating, releasing, and having faith that they will float. Inhale…exhale…. your body becoming one with the rhythm. Other metaphors have emerged during the process of developing the underwater series: water as a cleansing of the soul i.e. baptismal, creating religious overtones. In the end, the continuous theme is “letting go”. Going underwater with all of these people to capture the inspirational photos that allowed for these oils, is just as much a journey as creating the paintings.
I am fascinated by the strength of women. I grew up watching my mother raise nine children. What we have become because of her and my father’s strengths is remarkable. Through color, light, texture and perspective, I aim to show you real modern women; not just soft, sweet, and vulnerable. They own their sexuality and use it. In some of the paintings the women are so confident they appear to be “man eaters”, too powerful to approach. They enjoy their beauty as much as the viewer. Women have been portrayed as victimized sex symbols, vulnerable, celebrated classically in male dominated art history, for the superficial aspects of their physics. At first glance you may think these paintings are about vanity, but they are a celebration of women owning their sexuality and their emotional and physical strengths.
My name is Lorraine Brennan.
I was born in Suffern NY. At age ten we moved to Mississippi. In culture shock, steeped in the south and with yankee parents, I began my new life in a new world. Coming from such a big loving family with eight siblings, has deeply effected my perspective. I am enamored with the complexity of the human figure and it’s psyche. Having northern and southern experiences has influenced my subject matter as well. The Riding series is the city girl in me, while the Girls Getting Ready series reflects the hot lazy weekends in the South, that I love.
I fought being a southern girl, but after living down south longer than I had in NY, I had to except it was having it’s way with me. I dreamed of moving back to the place I was taken from: The art mecca of NYC. As a young foolish artist I thought, “Didn’t my parents know I was gonna become an artist? How could they have taken me away from my destiny?” In the middle of life at age 46, I see now that it is the journey, not the destination that has defined the work. I desire validation from the Atlanta Community and want to be highly successful in my own city.
My paintings are modern genre’ scenes of everyday life experiences. I count on the fact that we have universal emotions and experiences. I hope for connections, remembrances, inspiration, and de’ja’ vu, for the viewer.
As I said, The Riding Series is about being free: A metaphor for traveling through life. We ride out, flying down the the highway of life, lost in our thoughts, on the way to our next experience.
The Underwater Series is about freedom as well. It also has religious overtones. To float, you must let go, release tension, and have faith. Swimming feels like a religious experience to me. I am able to finally calm my mind and just feel the rhythm of the water, floating, bobbing up and down….. inhale…… exhale……. It is the closest I have ever gotten to meditating and the only time I have been able to visualize my father, whom died from colon cancer at a young 58 years old.
All of my work is an Ode’ to the powerful women who created and raised nine compassionate children. We are spreading the love that she and my father blessed us with. My family experiences have made me the person and artist I am today.