Brenda L Burmeister is a reluctant conceptual artist, devout experimental film/video maker, but above all, an avid metaphor maker.– drawing parallels between personal insights and universal experience, between a simple action and a complicated truth, and between herself and the audience.
Brenda L Burmeister portrays the delicate, albeit common, moments of fissures within the family unit, portrayed with uncommon vulnerability and unflinching resolve often with a performative aspect. The work elicits a broader conversation around the themes of intimacy though exposure, identity within the family and the role of technology in personal relationships.
Lullaby of Loss
Lullaby of Loss is an intimate portrait of the experience of single motherhood within the broader conversations of loss, family rituals, and confession.
From the mundane, collaborative practice of pitching a tent on a family vacation in the outdoor installation Temporary, to the ordinary but heartbreaking tradition of saving a child’s baby teeth in the sculpture Missing, to the artist’s devised ceremony of collecting letters/confessions from single mothers and the audience in a video installation Hush-A-Bye, each work employs family rituals as a framework.