Sascha Braunig: vibrant and hypnotic painting
Sascha Braunig‘s paintings and drawings combine vibrant color and an hypnotic style. Her works reflect upon illusion and the surface of the represented subject.
In dream-like scenes, where repetition and patterning are foregrounded, Braunig’s figures emit an extrasensory glow. Flaring with reflected color, they are iridescent beings whose very skin seems to be a source of psychic power.
She describes her work as “realist in painting style, in the same way that Dalí was trained as a realist painter. There are elements of realism in the way things look.” Surrealism, at the sam time, is something she’s always negotiating, but ina peripheral way as Magritte.
“The goals underneath my paintings are also totally different from Surrealist goals. Conceptually, Surrealists were kind of journeying into the self, whereas I’m more interested in the dispersal of the self.”
Sascha Braunig (Qualicum Beach, BC, Canada, 1983) currently lives and works in Portland, ME. She holds a BFA from The Cooper Union, New York, and an MFA in painting from Yale University.
Images courtesy of Sascha Braunig and Foxi Production