Anna Bruinsma (b.1985, Los Angeles) is an artist that lives in Chicago, Illinois. She received her BFA in Painting from the San Francisco Art Institute and is currently an MFA candidate in Printmedia at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. 

Project Statement

As a creature of comfort, I gravitate towards the laziest method of digesting new information, slotting images and experiences into pre-labeled categories. It is when I realize that one does not fit that I am roused momentarily from a floating sea of ennui and self-pity. I have a heightened sense of myself as a viewer in these moments, and with it an awareness of my biases. Despite the futility inherent in disrupting these preconceptions, my choices are informed by a stubborn need to combat them.

I am currently working on a series concerning zoophilia that transposes images from the internet into a simple gallery/museum format. Stills from Zootube (a popular bestiality video site) were culled based on their representation of available videos and reworked into collaged paintings. The didactics that accompany the images are taken from Beastforum, the largest bestiality message board, and contain quotes about the deaths of their "lovers," their first experiences, and arguments over which animals are "ok" to have sex with.


Disclaimer: All work represents the views of the INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS & AUTHORS who created them, and are not those of the school or museum of the Art Institute.