Brianna Lynn Hernández Baurichter is a Chicana artist, curator, and educator guided by socially-engaged practices. Her background includes experience working in community organizations, gallery, museum, and higher education settings, and as a consultant with public health researchers. In developing as an artist and creative professional Brianna credits her late mother, Sylvia D. Hernández, as her most significant mentor and inspiration for the creativity, resilience, and compassion she demonstrated throughout her life. Brianna’s creative practice and world-view is also influenced by her mixed heritage from Mexican and German parents, embodying the spirit of a hybrid, eager to form connections and build new realities.
In the studio, Brianna creates installations through several mediums including large-scale charcoal drawings, video art, sculpture, and performances, each incorporating a high level of physicality and movement to reveal knowledge held within the body. Brianna’s current body of work focuses on the experience of providing end-of-life care and subsequent grieving process. In addition to formal artworks, this body of work offers workshops and takeaway resources for viewers to self-educate through the safety of the creative process.
As a curator, Brianna works with artists to make socially-charged topics publicly accessible in order to create opportunities for education and empathy. This focus on empathy building is also embedded into her education philosophy whether in the classroom, workshops, or as a consultant, enabling deeper connections to the purpose and potential of the content. As an extension of this socially-conscious approach, Brianna frequently collaborates with community health researchers to incorporate the arts into collection and dissemination of public health project data.
Brianna is currently the Director of Cultural Transformation at the Milwaukee Artist Resource Network, where she is developing policy and community engagement initiatives to address equity and inclusion in the Greater Milwaukee Area arts community.
Cohort Project: My project seeks to empower family and professional caregivers and reduce stress during caregiving. Caregivers and the vital tools they use are presented as sacred through gilding care objects and portrait photography. Utilies Curativos treats common caregiver tools as sacred and holy objects in order to reconsider their value within the difficult circumstances they are used. This treatment is done through gilding medical equipment with silver, gold and copper leaf. Instead of unwanted medical waste, they become precious healing tools to help us better care for those we love. The elevation of these tools also reflects on the caregiver, reminding them of their own sacredness in this role.