We had the good fortune of connecting with Brynn Brdar and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brynn, why did you pursue a creative career?
I work for a renowned sculpture artist who indulges me in the occasional existential discussion. The other day, I asked him what he constitutes as “art” … the often undefinable, highly subjective question. He was pensive for a moment, and then carefully began to describe that defining art is futile in his opinion, while defining the artist is, well, he said, easier. He said that the artist is someone who cannot go forth without creation. There is a “survival” pull there. Even in times of creative lax, or writers block so to speak, the little subconscious artist is perched upon the shoulder of the artist, whispering future prospects and romantic, albeit torturesome, notions. Point being, I do it because I can’t ignore it for the life of me.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My brand would be that of: let’s take a walk down taboo lane. If the work doesn’t making you feel a little bit invaded, then I’ve missed my mark. That has been a feat in acquiring a loyal fan base in great numbers. Most people don’t want to explore that windy, and shadowy highway of the subconscious, let alone be reminded of it if they’ve adequately repressed it already. So my supporters are a niche crowd, and I love that, but I would also love if these ideas that I’m narrating, ideas about touch and liberation through touch, about the monster within us all, about things that seem natural at first glance, but have an eerie or questionable frequency to them, would be more welcomed by the collective consciousness. These are some of the grand mysteries that make us uniquely human, and keeping reminders of that around ourselves can empower us. That has been my main difficulty. The sticky and expensive run ins with every mixed media material you can imagine, are difficult in good fun, in comparison.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would devise a scavenger hunt to get them to do embarrassingly hilarious things, seek out some of the best eats in the area, and make fun without reaching for the wallet! With me as a willing copilot of course! It’s no fun to embarrass yourself alone. Other than that, I would say beach ventures, 2 am burritos, botanical gardens, bike rides and dance parties. Oh, and a magic carpet ride.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’ve had mentors who have taken a chance on me, and allowed me to absorb tricks of the trade that are so difficult to come by just through research and self exploration. Clark Sorensen, a wonderful ceramicist based in San Diego, was the first person to pass down the knowledge of sensitivity that one must attune to in order to develop an intuition with the clay. That intuition allowed me to handle my medium with more confidence and go on to study and work with other sculpture artists, such as designer and monster-maker Jordu Schell, who brought me in because he could see that I had nurtured that intuition.
Self credit: Brynn Brdar.