Bryn McConnell
Medium: Painting

Studio Location:
Reis Studios - Studio# 331
43-01 22nd Street



Artist Bio:
Bryn McConnell was born in Washington State and lives and works in New York City. She holds an MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York and a BFA from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. Bryn has lived and traveled widely in Europe and has participated in Artist Residencies at Camac, in Marnay-sur-Seine, France, Atelier Burlumi in Trebes, France, Hodonin Artist Residency in Czech Republic and the Umprum Academy Artist exchange in Prague. Her work has been exhibited in New York and internationally, in venues such as Greenburg Van Doren Gallery, New York, Kunsthaus Rhenania, Germany and Perry Rubenstein Gallery, New York. In 2018 she had a solo exhibition in Begramoff Gallery, Belgium and a group exhibition in Paul Calendrillo Gallery, New York. In 2018, she was featured in Boston Voyager magazine and Art511mag, Top Ten NYC Artists!

Artist Statement:
Femininity is my elusive muse. The Merriam-Webster definition of Feminine is: "characteristic of or appropriate or unique to women." This vague definition allows me creative freedom to explore my own definition of femininity.

Born female, I have never felt naturally feminine, more spirit than person. In my life I experiment with various ways of embodying femininity outwardly, through styling and behaving. I also test what feels feminine inwardly. What makes me feel beautiful, strong, openhearted and nourished? A woman's rich inner world directly seen and felt through her physical presence is a masterful embodiment of femininity. I want the two realms of spirit and physicality to merge, within myself and within my paintings.

The Art I create reflects my journey in series that serve as chapters in a visual diary of how and what I learn along the way. This is my own personal and ongoing interpretation of Simone de Beauvoir's "One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman."

All images and text copyright Bryn McConnell