by Bria Mingus
Dimensions: 18″ x 24″
Media: Mixed media on canvas
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Process statement for Serendipity
When this piece was started, it was a heavily collaged canvas with bright colors and antique advertising on a background of antique dress patterns. I had become frustrated with the piece and had stopped working on it for a couple of weeks. When I came back to the piece, I basically painted over all of the collage elements which produced a fantastic texture. I then used that texture as a jumping off point to change the feel of the entire work. I added a new collage element that gave a calmer color direction and went over the entire piece with oil pastel which really emphasized the unique texture. Since this piece was born from a mistake, I thought the title “Serendipity” was appropriate.
Bria Mingus was born in Lansing, Michigan, and raised in Daytona Beach, Florida. She attended the University of Central Florida and the InterAmerican University of Puerto Rico, studying art education and fine arts. Having lived in the Caribbean has really influenced the style and tone of her artwork, which mainly consists of two-dimensional mixed media paintings and collages. The vibrant color used in her paintings and the juxtaposition of antique and decaying items gives her artwork a nostalgic yet modern feel. She implements a wide range of textures to create unique backgrounds for the various collage elements that are showcased in her work. In describing her process, the artist states, “In making my paintings, I strive to find a balance between grungy, ephemeral elements and the vibrancy of modern paint. My art tells the story of a forgotten piece of paper, photo or other ephemera and how it has survived in our 21st century society.” Bria Mingus has participated in various group shows in Florida, Puerto Rico and Michigan. Most recently, three of her pieces were accepted into the Governor’s Artist Residence Show, currently being displayed at the Governor’s mansion.