Brienna McLaughlin Pruce - paintings

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Through my paintings, I hope to reinforce our connection to other living beings and remind us of the fragility of life.

It is my hope that we recognize ourselves as the betta, and our world as a plastic cup.

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Brienna McLaughlin Pruce - paintings

  1. 1. Brienna McLaughlin Pruce http://brienna.net
  2. 2. Confinement acrylic on canvas, 47" x 47" 2007
  3. 3. A crowntail displays its fins to fight a dead fish. acrylic on canvas, 47" x 47" 2007
  4. 4. Their colors live outside their contained existence acrylic on canvas, 35" x 47" 2007
  5. 5. Male and female betta oil on canvas, 48" x 66" 2006
  6. 6. Betta fish are considered disposable items that can be checked out, returned (dead), and discarded much like cheap plastic toys.
  7. 7. Water dyed blue oil on canvas, 47" x 47" 2006
  8. 8. Stacked to the ceiling oil on canvas, 95" x 54" 2006
  9. 9. Fish are foreign, and we have difficulty feeling sorry for something other than ourselves. oil on canvas, 54" x 190" 2007
  10. 10. Magnifying bettas to human scale and portraying their environment from a fish eye perspective provokes the question: what if that dying fish were me?
  11. 11. The beginning and the end mixed media, 10" x 10" 2007
  12. 12. Inside their world mixed media, 10" x 10" 2007
  13. 13. Bettas stored in picnic cups mixed media, 10" x 10" 2007
  14. 14. Prices on a blue tank mixed media, 10" x 30" 2007
  15. 15. Isolated amidst many mixed media, 10" x 10" 2007
  16. 16. The betta fish signify the trapped and suffering animals of the world.
  17. 17. Little living paintings mixed media, 10" x 10" 2007
  18. 18. One empty tank mixed media, 10" x 10" 2007
  19. 19. Betta Tanks I mixed media, 10" x 30" 2007
  20. 20. Betta Tanks II mixed media, 10" x 30" 2007
  21. 21. Fish in glass bowls mixed media, 10" x 10" 2007
  22. 22. Fish in plastic cups mixed media, 10" x 10" 2007
  23. 23. The betta is the overlooked, forgotten animal, merely appreciated for superficial aesthetic qualities; it represents all of our shallowness and pain.
  24. 24. Fish Eye VI mixed media, 10" x 10" 2006
  25. 25. Fish Eye VIII mixed media, 6" x 6" 2006
  26. 26. Fish Eye X mixed media, 10" x 10" 2007
  27. 27. Their existence is a plastic cup with barely enough water to survive.
  28. 28. Fish Eye XII mixed media, 10" x 10" 2007
  29. 29. Fish Eye XIII mixed media, 10" x 10" 2007
  30. 30. Fish Eye XIV mixed media, 10" x 10" 2007
  31. 31. Through my paintings, I hope to reinforce our connection to other living beings and remind us of the fragility of life.
  32. 32. The manager said, “Next time, call before visiting so I can move the betta fish into tanks because people often get upset by images of fish in cups.” mixed media, 10" x 10" 2007
  33. 33. A child found a fish wedged between the tank dividers, dying. mixed media, 10" x 10" 2007
  34. 34. Someone asked, “Which one do you want to save?” mixed media, 10" x 10" 2007
  35. 35. Our own living and working environments are not much better with apartments stacked sky-high and claustrophobic cubicles providing barely enough room to move. acrylic on canvas, 95" x 54" 2007
  36. 36. It is my hope that we recognize ourselves as the betta, and our world as a plastic cup.

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