Bio

Anna Bruinsma is a Dutch-Taiwanese artist born in Los Angeles, California. She received her undergraduate degree from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2009 and is currently an MFA candidate at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work will be in the upcoming Ghetto Biennale in Haiti in 2013. 


Personal Statement

(From Brecht's The Seven Deadly Sins)

FAMILY

We're at a stand-still! What she's been sending,
It's not any money a man can build a house with.
She's as giddy as a cyclone!
All the profits go for her pleasure!
And we're at a stand-still, for what she's been sending
Is not any money a man can build a house with.
Won't she settle down to business?
Won't she ever learn to save something?
For what the feather-brain is sending is not any kind of money
A man can build a little house with.

ANNA I

We're making progress.
{omitted line}
And every door is open here to welcome extras.
We only need a bit of practice
Avoiding possible faux pas
And what can stop us going straight to the top then?

FAMILY

O Lord, look down upon our daughter,
Show her the way that leads the Good to Thy reward.

ANNA I

If you take offense at injustice,
Mister Big will show he's offended;
If a curse or a blow can enrage you so
Your usefulness here is ended.
Then mind what the Good Book tells us
When it says: "Resist not Evil."
Unforgiving anger is from the Devil.

It took time to teach my sister that wrath would not do
In Los Angeles, the third big town we came to.
Where her open disapproval of injustice
Was so widely disapproved.
I forever told her: "Practice self-control, Anna,
For you know how much it costs you if you don't."
And she understood and answered:

ANNA II

Yes, I know, Anna.

 

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.