Jenn Brisson

 

Where were you born? Year, Country, State. Where do you live currently

 

I was born in Thompson, Manitoba, Canada, where there wasn't much going on and can get pretty cold most of the year. So after my brother was born, my parents made the decision to leave. All they had was a 3 year old, a baby and whatever they can pack in the car and headed south-east to the "promise land". Vancouver's been my home ever since :)

 

What initially drew you to drawing pretty pictures

 

I was what you would call an "active" child according to my parents. They discovered that when we were in public places, I would sit still if i was given a piece of paper and a pen or pencil. Ta da! So, from then on they encouraged me to draw... a lot! As i grew older, i discovered i was actually pretty good. I first realized that i had something when i perfectly drew Madonna from the cover of her first album(i'm dating myself now). I still have that drawing!

 

Who is your favorite skateboarder, living or dead? Any ties to skateboarding

 

I have always loved skateboarding! I was quite interested in it at a very young age. However, if it hadn't been for my father, who was an X-ray tech at the local hospital, I believe I would've grown to be a pretty good lil' skateboarder. I wasn't allowed to skate because there were a lot of skateboarders showing up on his X-ray table with broken bones. Basically it turned him off of the sport and i was left to try it out using the neighbors' boards. As time went on, the neighbors left one by one, i grew older and discovered a word called "consequence". So, now i snowboard and surf :) I would have to say my favorite and most inspiring skateboarder/surfer is Peggy Oki... for many many reasons. If you don't know who she is, look her up!! Rad woman!!

 

Who is your favorite artist, living or dead?

 

This question is always the hardest to answer... i can't even begin to list my art influences and inspiration. I guess me FIRST influences would have to be the art i saw in kids books(example, the art of twin sisters Janet and Anne Grahame Johnstone from "Dean's Mother Goose Book of Rhymes"), animated Disney movies and Saturday morning cartoons! Ya!

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When you're not creating amazing works of art, what do you enjoy doing

 

My list of hobbies and things i love to do change all the time. However, I have been studying and performing Tribal Fusion Belly Dancing for almost 4 years and I plan on doing it for awhile. I am also learning and performing hula hooping, write and play music and intend to write a series of children's books in the not so distant future :)

 

Who are your biggest influences

 

Another hard question! My influences are people who are very successful, LOVE what they do and have time and money to go travelling! They influence me, because that's what I am striving for! Have fun, do what you love, be successful and live freely :).

 

What mediums do you enjoy working in?

 

I love working with lots of different mediums. One of them is patterned paper or tissue. I love ripping it up and just sticking it to the canvas. It's a bit therapeutic for me. It makes me feel barbaric and delicate at the same time. I can turn my brain off for a bit and just play with shapes and colors, till i have a background to work with. Then i sometimes use spray paint to add texture and then acrylic, pencil, ink, white-out, etc, to create the character(s) over top.

 

Anything else you want to tell?

 

I started an Art Project called "Art or Bust" last year involving me casting the breasts of women who have survived Breast Cancer or who have known someone that was affected by it. Then i got different artists(including myself) to paint on them. Once completed, the final art pieces were auctioned off and proceeds were sent to a smaller organization called Rethink Breast Cancer based out of Toronto. We managed to raise $775! I even wrote up the stories of each model, so that their experience with Breast Cancer could be shared with others. I wanted to put a face and a story to each piece, hoping to cause more awareness and to show viewers how unique each one was, creating a relationship with the person who modeled for the piece and not just the art. Breast Cancer is closer to us than we think, as it can affect 1 in 9 people, even men. I am doing it again this Oct and will most likely do it every year around Breast Cancer Awareness month. I am currently looking for 3 more models, men and women(i will have 9 in total) and will start getting my list of artists who want to be involved with this project together soon, too. I've gotten a lot of positive feed back and hopefully it will just get bigger and bigger every year. Maybe even travel around with it! :).