“The task of art is to take hold of the shining, the radiance, the manifestation, of that which as spirit weaves and lives in the world.”
Dianna Brinsden is a Contemporary Artist, living in Tamaki Makaurau Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand. Her artworks inspire to create connections through emotion-evoking energies.
Brinsden has a curious eye that inspires the way she sees lines, colours, textures, form, light and space. She’s drawn to harnessing health and spiritual awakening through artistic experiences, creating a bridge between physical reality and supersensible reality.
As an interdisciplinary artist, Dianna has worked in many different forms – including sculpture, painting, performance art, video art and socially engaged art.
Her work is inspired by Rudolf Steiner.
She was mentored by John Lyall and later completed a Master of Fine Arts at Elam under Sean Kerr and P. Mule, her supervisors. She worked as an artist in Europe and studied painting with Greet Helsen, Andreas Durrer, Charles Blockey and Freddy Buchwalder at the Beppe Assenza Malschule in Basel, Switzerland, and anthroposophy and Rudolf Steiner philosophy at the Goetheanum - before returning to Aotearoa New Zealand in 2012.
Setting a path for development in imagination, inspiration and intuition.
A daydreamer in her early-years, Dianna would weave between the physical and supersensible reality. She would see colours in the space in her room - dancing in the twilight, darkness and dawn. Fluid and transparent in nature, moving between form and experience, they would come forward and recede, shining context in juxtaposition. Feeling energy and traveling places in her dreams, informed her way of thinking.
The grace of time gifted Dianna with the knowledge that none of this was by chance - the events and the meetings were all leading her to a point.
FOLLOWING A PATH SHE'S UNDENIABLY BEEN LED TO.
Dianna consciously brings her life-long connection to art to life through her artworks - enhancing the way you see, feel and experience art.
To speak through her art. Imbuing colour, light, movement and sound in everything she touches. Sharing this with people who seek to find themselves through emotion-evoking artworks.
This journey is a calling. She hopes you feel this, too.
A NOTE FROM THE ARTIST. ART AS EXPERIENCE.
The art I bring into existence is about creating an experience in the seeing, a bridge between physical reality and supersensible reality.
As did Joseph Beuys, I see a task to shine a light on Rudolf Steiner’s work and the supersensible experience. To develop one’s eye to these forces and speak this through my means - the art experience.
Throughout my life I have had crossing threshold moments and colour experiences which I strive to recreate in my work. At times it can seem like a futile endeavour as often the success is not in the work, per se, but in the experience it can imbue. The work is an invitation and is only alive through the participation of the see-er.
Building on the achievement of Goethe ‘Theory of Color’, Rudolf Steiner and Beppe Assenza, colour affects us in many areas of life - including our health and sense of wellbeing. Through exploring the individual qualities of colour, within time, space, the colour surface, gestural and linear forms of expression, I emphasise the intended mood and energy of colours within spaces. The ‘living weaving, moving colour,’ evokes emotion, the spirit, in and through art to bring health-giving forces to life.
“If you realize,” Steiner states, “that art has a relation to the spirit, you will understand that both in creating and appreciating it, art is something through which one enters the spiritual world.”
THE 'NATURE MOOD' SKETCHES ~ PAINTING EXERCISES OF RUDOLF STEINER
Rudolf Steiner Neun Schulungsskizzen Für Maler. Naturstimmungen.
Designed to highlight and emphasise the intended mood and energy of colours within spaces, each work is an interplay between colour and lineal perspective. These works speak to the edges between things, and the beauty of colour emerging from a surface and the affects that colour can have on a person and their environment.
A homage to her childhood experiences, and to colour studies from Goethe, Rudolf Steiner, and time spent studying colour at the Beppe Assenza Malschule in Basel, Switzerland.
AWARDS & COMMISSION WORK
~ James Wallace Finalist 2003 ‘Lucky Bamboo Paradise’ – Tamaki Makaurau Auckland Museum Aotearoa NZ
~ National Contemporary Art Awards Finalist 2004 ‘Aspirations for a Grand Stage Spectacle’ – Te Whare Taonga o Waikato Waikato Museum of Art and History Aotearoa NZ
~ The Whau Arts Festival. 2022: Connecting People to Nature and Art Socially Engaged Art Site-specific event, photographic documentation and short film Collaboration: Dianna Brinsden, Susie Gay, Deborah Tait, Blockhouse Bay Beach Reserve and Heron Park, Tamaki Makaurau Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand
~ Other Waters: Art on the Manukau 2014: Tides of History: after Orpheus Site-specific Live Performance Collaboration: Dianna Brinsden, The Cardwell Art Collective and Onehunga Primary School, Old Mangere Bridge, Tamaki Makaurau Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand
~ Eigenarten Interkulturelles 2008 Festival: She and Her Seemannsgarn Site-specific Live Performance and short film Collaboration: Dianna Brinsden and Martina von Holn On travelling boat, Hamburg Port, Germany
~ Brighton Festival, Happy Ever After: 2008 She and Her Sleepwalking Site-specific Live Performance and short film Collaboration: Dianna Brinsden, Martina von Holn, David Palazon St Anne Wells Park, Brighton, England
~ Enterprise Festival; The Space: 2008 She and Her Here and There Site-specific Live Performance and short film Collaboration: Dianna Brinsden, Martina von Holn, David Palazon Millwall Dock, Isle of Dogs, London
~ Cupboard Love: 2008 She and Her Exchange Site-specific Performance, photographic documentation and short film. Collaboration: Dianna Brinsden, Martina von Holn, David Palazon Greenwich Foot Tunnel, Greenwich, London
~ Camberwell Arts Festival: 2007 She and Her Crossing Site-specific Live performance and short film. Collaboration: Dianna Brinsden, Martina von Holn, David Palazon Camberwell, London
CONTACT DIANNA BRINSDEN
Harnessing wellbeing energies through art, inspires Dianna. Sharing these experiences with people, drives her. If you’d like to talk about artworks by Brinsden, please fill out the form below and Dianna will respond within 3 working days.