Brianna Lea Pruett (1983 - 2015)
passionate multimedia artist Brianna Lea Pruett’s meanderings wander all over the map, much like herself – from New York, Los Angeles, Portland, and the UK, always returning back to California. Born in the mountains of Northern California and a singer from her earliest days, she got her taste for performance singing in friend’s living rooms and at cafes and small clubs as a teen. Now a multi-media artist, in touch with her diverse cultural background and an even more global range of influences, she portrays folk, country, and the musical style of her Appalachian and Cherokee heritage with equal passion as her musical writing that bespeaks a love for jazz, blues, and soul music.
Juggling art shows, music history projects, and filmmaking, she says she strives to portray herself to the world in her true interests. One continued influence she does cite is her philosophy of art making, including the musical arts – “Being a performer, an artist, a writer, a commentator or contributor has responsibilities of being authentic to one’s important things in life. It’s also being a clown – being willing to say or do things that people would not normally say or do, either from fear or being in their routine – therefore artists are in the perfect position to comment on, or change society. We make the world what it is, however large or small we believe our range of influence to be.”
Brianna Lea Pruett
1983 Born in Nisenan and Miwok country, Sacramento, California
Brianna Lea Pruett passed away peacefully in her sleep, at home in Sacramento, California on September 2nd, 2015.
1998-2000 Apprenticeships to professional artists, in photography and painting
2002-2004 Fine art and film studies, Santa Monica College
2008-present studies in Psychology, Fine Art, Folsom Lake College
2009-2012 facilitator, Tiger Friends Collective
2010 Meredith Monk Dancing Voice, Singing Body workshop, NYC
2001 Dreamland, EP. out of print.
2003 Natural Fact, full length album, self released, re-released Tiger Friends Collective
2004 Winter Apple, full length album, self released, re-released Tiger Friends Collective
2009 The Stars, the Moon, the Owl, the Cougar, and You, full length album, Tiger Friends Collective
2012 Keeping You In Mind, EP, Tiger Friends Collective
Roses For Maya Deren series, 2005-2012. Pruett has been filming her short film series, Roses For Maya Deren, since 2005. Her practice and work in this series reference Deren while providing experiences for artists of all ages and experience levels, and individuals who have never previously participated in making fine art. ~ “I like Maya Deren, and I wanted to make some films but I didn’t know how to get started. It just kept going.” ~ the project will be released on dvd when complete.
Dream Films project, 2011 continuing. Together with Stan Okumura, a young filmmaker from Northern California, a lifetime project was created that invites the public to film their dreams (dreams had during sleep) in any quality of video and share them. These videos are available for screening.
SELECT PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS
1998 Himovitz Gallery, performance of original material and songs made popular by Billie Holiday in the presence of and in honor of Josee Andrei
2011 The Roxy, Los Angeles
2001 Songs In Restaurants, performances with select groups of 8-12 people, with guitars and instruments entering random restaurants and singing popular songs while dancing through the restaurants, Sacramento, CA
2007 World Healing, attempt to arrange the proper burial of Apache chief Geronimos bones by a film proposal to selected officials including the president of the United States, film directors, musicians, and magazines. Letters exchanged with the white house during that time were sent by copy to the Geronimo family in support of their position, the family brought a justified lawsuit in 2009 and continues to seek peace for their relative.
2012 G Hum Parade, vocal participant in the first single-note parade reported in the press – an article
GROUP SHOWS AND EXHIBITIONS
1998 I Street Gallery, photographs, Sacramento, California
2000 W.E.A.V.E. Benefit, photographs, Sacramento, California
2001 Psychic Garage Sale, curator and participant, paintings and photographs, Gallery 21, Sacramento, California
2006 fem·in·art an exhibition, video art, University of California, Los Angeles
2010 6×6 Project, painting, Elohi Dvgasi (World Turtle), Charmingwall Gallery, NY, NY
2011 Corporate Wrath, photo collage, Marco Fuoco Gallery, Sacramento, California
SOLO SHOWS AND EXHIBITIONS
1998 Heaven Sent Art Gallery, photographs, Sacramento, California
1999 Jacks Urban Eats, paintings, Sacramento, California
1999 Healing Voices, solo, photographs, a benefit for the Unity Fund, supporting the synagogues that were damaged in firebombings in June of 1999. The Sterling Hotel, Sacramento, California.
2012 upcoming exhibition scheduled to open January 11 at Gathering Tribes, Albany, California