Jamie Bilgo Bruchman
Nature is my true release; a place to feel safe, to question and observe - ultimately, a place to feel grounded. The variety of structures, species and adaptive phenomenon is an immense well of curiosity for me. My work is a reflection of my investigations and gathering, often weaving between physical micro/macro patterns, mixed media processes and dipping into spiritual metaphors. Over the years, this process has become less abstract and much more intimate, as I use it to explore my own experiences of healing, pregnancy, birth and motherhood.
I love the idea of art as alchemy. Experimentation with process--blending painting, printmaking, installation, photographic and textile techniques--allows me to play with building up and breaking down patterns and textures in an effort to emulate and navigate complex visual, natural and emotional environments.
This is a collection of works both old and new; a gathering of symbols and mark making language that has found its way through me over the last decade. Like old friends or a plant collection, it's interesting to see how different series of works now talk to each other and tell a story.
In the Modern Biology and Tropism Series, I move through the healing journey of a chronic injury, while simultaneously taking in the lush, fertile growth from a visit to California. Just as my search for physical relief was layered, non-linear and long, making multiple pieces called for an abundance of process sifting and creating visual depth. The Abscission and Snake Shedding Series meditate on the emotional process of letting go, surrender, and finding solace in all the ways it happens with seasonal purpose and grace in nature. The San Gallo monotypes are a fond homage to my travels in Italy, where I was swept up in an art history cocktail of new sights, sounds, culture and a deep felt sense of time.
Now, not only do I still play with my long standing themes of the botanical world, but since becoming a mother I’ve followed the primal impulse to integrate spirals and figures. The Mandalas are photographs of mandalas I began creating outside after the start of the pandemic, while caring for my six month old and navigating post-partum depression and anxiety. Most recently, these symbols manifested in the Alchemy Series, where I used the prompt of noticing the alchemical parallels between motherhood and the artistic process to combine and recombine images of identity and transformation in painting, collage and drawing.
Jamie Bilgo Bruchman earned her BFA at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and participated in a two year Artist in Residence program at the former RedLine Milwaukee. As part of her passion for creating community, Jamie organized & curated SWAN Day MKE exhibitions & community events from 2016-2019 (Support Women Artists Now Day) and served as the Urban Ecology Center-Menomonee Valley Art Committee Chair. She has also exhibited at Walker’s Point Center for the Arts, the Arts Mill, MOWA, John Michael Kohler Arts Center and was the 414
Artist Feature at MAM After Dark. For the past 20 years, she has worked for a local small business. Jamie is a proud mama to Pearl, partner to Zach and feels most at home in her garden and in water.
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We are currently accepting proposals for solo exhibitions at our Bay View location.
There are three large walls (16', 12', and 19') with studs spaced every foot to hang your work. There are outlets available for video pieces. Numerous track lighting fixtures can light your pieces to your desire.
Each artist gets a two-month exhibition in our gallery. Toward the beginning of the exhibition Sabrosa hosts a special artist reception on a Monday evening called Sabrosa After Dark. The event features a meet-and-greet with the artist, a brief keynote address by the artist, live music, a wine tasting, and small plates and cocktails served by Sabrosa's staff.
Proposals for shows in our gallery will include the following requirements:
Sabrosa takes a 15% commission for works sold during exhibition in our gallery. Any pieces sold during the exhibition will remain in the gallery until the conclusion of the exhibition, unless suitable arrangements can be made for substitute pieces. All work is displayed at your risk. While the probability of damage occurring is extremely unlikely, we do recommend that your pieces are insured, listing Sabrosa Cafe & Gallery as a rider on your policy.
Send an email with all of the proposal requirements listed above to Frank Sanchez at info /at/ sabrosa dot cafe with the subject ARTIST PROPOSAL: (Your Name). If you prefer to mail your proposal, our address is 3216 S Howell Ave, Milwaukee WI 53207.