The alternate universe of our dreams often creates a sense of impassable mystery combined with metaphoric righteousness that evades logic and understanding. But for one artist, the magnificent darkness of celestial escapades are what muse her work.
Olga Brindar, a Russian-born artist that now resides in Pittsburgh, will have a large catalogue of her thought-provoking work displayed at Runaway Studios on Friday 13th. Fortuitously with the date, comes Borisnova’s dark and brooding creations.
“I can remember when I was a little girl, I would try to draw my dreams, and my father would always say, “You can’t draw your dreams Olga,” but I just kept working at it, and eventually I was able to capture them,” said Brindar .
As she progressed, the dreams intensified and segregated themselves depending on her geographic location. Brindar explained that she dreams about American Indian-related culture when she lives in America. Wolves and totems, in particular, are a heavy part of her subject matter.
“I think that’s why a lot of my work is a bit darker, because it’s coming from my dreams. They’re so vivid, and I can remember dreams from years ago. I always ask my boyfriend what he dreams about, and he just looks at me like I’m crazy.” *laughs*
Brindar’s show, entitled “Purge,” comes at an interesting time in her career.
“I’m at a weird place with my art, I have so much of it, and I don’t know what to do with it, so I haven’t really felt like I should start working on any new pieces until I figure out what to do with some of my other stuff.
I was going to give one of my pieces a viking funeral, but Krista (Studio Curator) convinced me to do a show, so here I am,” said Brindar.
But it’s not the prospective sales of her art that motivates Brindar to show, and it’s surely not what she considers to be a marker of relevance.
“I just drew a 7-foot monster, and you don’t want to hang it in your living room, I get it *laughs*, but it’s annoying when you have a show and the first thing people ask is if you sold anything, as if selling your artwork is the measure of success. It’s like if you get a job, and the first thing I ask is how much money are you making, it’s rude, and I don’t think that’s what makes you successful as an artist.”
Her ability to create striking new pieces, and flawlessly recreate her subconscious is clearly cathartic, as she has a king’s ransom in sketch books stored in her home.
“I’ve become more well-known for my sketch books than anything else. I probably have more than anyone in Pittsburgh,” Brindar said, as she laughed and gently patted her sketch book as if it was her pet, diligently obeying her to stay put.
Brindar also has a keen respect for water, which also plays a part in her artistry, but on this day, the avid animal lover dropped some knowledge bombs, as she talked about our insignificance in relation to the ocean.
“You know the blue whale is the largest animal on the planet and it disappears for like 3-months and they just don’t know where it goes. They even tag them, and they still can’t find them. How do you lose a fucking blue whale? That’s how big the ocean is.”
That fun fact may seem out of the clear blue, but it was right in pocket for Brindar’s eclectic mix of conversational topics and artistic interpretations.
As she talked more about her philosophies, sweeping topics like her clairvoyant mother came across the table. In the middle of it all, she stopped and said,
“Is all of this stuff weird? Most people think this is weird.”
She is, in a word, evolved. And her artwork follows suit.
Working primarily with chalk, her deep, yet muted color palette delivers ominous undertones that haunt and intrigue.
Most of her images are visceral and beautifully disturbing, inciting an internal fear not from this world.
As if we’ve downloaded the overt oddness in all of our dreams into her mind, Brindar captures them perfectly in this 41-piece showcase.
“Purge” is curated by Krista Wright, and will run from 7-9:30 pm. Brindar’s work will be displayed through Saturday from 12-4pm. For more event details, click here.