‘…Memory has no return, that every spring gone by could never be recovered, and that the wildest and most tenacious love was an ephemeral truth in the end.’ – Gabriel G. Marquez
My media-based work draws from the legacy of experimental and abstract filmmaking to create Super 8 and digital films within the limitation of personal narrative. Using silent film footage as a point of departure, I create an immersive environment of images, which substitute the narrative focus of a film dialogue with a more subtle exploration of place through landscape, light and gesture. Utilizing film and video as a tool to investigate the past, present and future through a poetic and complex interplay between images, to offer an opportunity for reflection and meditation. By capturing vignettes from mundane to beautiful and editing in a collage-like style, I explore the nature of fragmented memory, triggered by temporality and impermanence.
Shannon Brunette lived and worked in Brooklyn, NY from 1998 to 2014 and recently returned to her beloved hometown Saint Paul/Minneapolis, MN. She received her Masters of Fine Arts at the School of Visual Arts in 2006 and her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the College of Visual Arts in 1998. Currently, she is exploring a body of work relating to cultural exchange opportunities, from Alaska video artist-in-residence focusing on climate change to a 5-week international fellowship in exchange with traditional craftspeople of Orissa, India at Raghurajpur International Arts & Crafts Exchange. She was honored to have her Alaskan video work exhibited at the National Science Foundation in Washington D.C. In 2012, she was a Jerome Foundation fellow-in-residence at the Anderson Center in Red Wing, MN, this focused creative period allowed for the creation of a film work addressing her time and spiritual journey in India. That film work, The Blue of Distance, had it’s international premiere in 2013 at transartfest.org in Berlin, Germany. Shannon is excited to explore the next phase of her practice within the incredible amenities of her new home at Schmidt Artist Lofts. Beyond her own film and video work she has produced several multimedia events featuring performing, visual and media artists such as Brooklyn Campfire and will continue to develop unique cultural events in the Twin Cities.
Shannon is a leader in the field of arts non-profit and philanthropy with a focus on cultural work at the intersection of art and social change. Her professional work has put her in leadership roles at the Walker Art Center, The Guggenheim Museum, Blue Man Group and Lambent Foundation as well as consultancies at New York Foundation for the Arts, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and Northern Spark Festival.
From 2007 to 2013, she was the Senior Program Manager of Lambent Foundation, which focuses on innovative grantmaking and programs that explore the intersections between art, culture, creativity and justice. In 2010, she was the first speaker and founding member of the NYC Women’s Salon – promoting professional networking and personal growth among women interested in progressive causes. In January 2014, Shannon launched the Office of Cultural Work to begin a consultancy practice as well as the creation of The Drawing Project with co-founder and dear friend, Lynda Monick-Isenberg. She serves as the Board President of CVA Action, a nonprofit dedicated to continuing the legacy of the College of Visual Arts through preserving its history and creating events designed to inspire and connect alumni with the broader local and national arts community. She is currently a Continuing Education faculty member at Minneapolis College of Art and Design, collaborating with Lutman & Associates and is the Creative Producer of WISE BLOOD: an opera/installation by Chris Larson and Anthony Gatto premiering at The Soap Factory in June 2015 and co-commissioned by Walker Art Center.