Having worked in many different creative industries over the last 27 years, including theatre, TV and video production, graphics, dance and healing arts, Brenda Loukes draws on her vast experience to create in diverse styles and media.
In her work, she tries to express ‘what it means to be human’ through trusting her innate creativity, her intuition, to create.
Currently, she is working on a body of work using intuition to create art that speaks about the light and shadow side of being human, the depths of our inner world and our connection to nature. She uses the medium of ink and bleach, an ethereal medium that is unpredictable and fluid, creating strong contrasts, and is impermanent, just like life. Her inspiration is her own intuition, the energy in her hand, her emotional state of being in a particular moment, or a piece of music. writing or poetry that has moved her.
Her other current works are what she calls ‘wall tattoos’. These are large scale drawings on walls using ‘tattoo style’ patterns. The process of making these large works is like a meditation or prayer. The ancients used patterns as a form of meditation or prayer. She sees patterns as a mark that goes beyond cultural barriers, creating a universal language, and connecting us back to our primal, tribal essence. She likes to work in chalk, a temporary medium, that can be wiped away and, or reworked, alluding to the temporary and changing nature of life.
From these works she creates video artworks that have a wider reach via social media to make a difference in the world, addressing critical issues. The meditative quality of the video invites the viewer to join in the meditation and prayer for the issue being addressed.
Brenda works in acrylic, ink and bleach, charcoal, watercolour, pen and ink as well as digital artworks, video and photography. She uses chalk or permanent paintmarker for drawing on walls.