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Bricharne is a young woman living in Rotorua who has Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and an Intellectual Development Disorder. One of her gifts is creating dynamic, visual art.
She enjoys weekly art lessons and for her, art is her expression and her joy. Engaging in tuition has allowed Bricharne to explore painting and 3-D relief, and she now experiments with many different mediums.
Her unconventional methods and materials blend to create extraordinary results. Her works are bold, vibrant and striking and at the same time beautiful and uncomplicated.
This is not the first time Bricharne has exhibited at Rotorua Library. Her colourful works delighted many in Toi Tangata – The People's Art Space in our temporary location in Pukuatua St in November 2016.
Since then she was placed third in the 2017 IHC Art Awards People's Choice Award with her colourful representational work, Flowers. She has also been part of two exhibitions at The Arts Village - a solo exhibition in April 2017 and the recent Artists, Adolescents and The Autism Spectrum Exhibition organised by ASD awareness advocate, Bricharne's mother Jan Hastie, which celebrated the works of young artists living with autism and intellectual disabilities.
While we have displayed some of Bricharne's artworks before, this exhibition includes many of her latest pieces and is entirely digital. Friend and tutor Angela Frank and Jan Hastie have photographed Bricharne's works enabling us to create a digital art exhibition specifically for the new, large-scale video wall at Te Aka Mauri.
The 9-screen video wall is in the Community Pride Space on the Ground Floor of the new building and the intended use of this screen is to show video and image content that gives the people of Rotorua a sense of pride in their community and showcases who we are, what we do and where we have come from. We are grateful to our funder the Wright Family Foundation for seeing this vision and recognising the potential of this technology.
In the month of our opening we were able to enjoy time lapse photography of the Rotorua area by Rotorua photographer Mark Smith and we are currently also showing photos taken by the Rotorua Camera Club, images created by tamariki during School Holiday Programmes, and sharing the amazing story of the annual Fish Out of Water competition.
People keen to see Bricharne's work can find it on the Video Wall in the Community Pride Space until the end of August. If you are interested in seeing more of her work, follow her Facebook and Instagram pages.
We are looking for more content to be displayed in the Community Pride Space in the future. If you are an artist or photographer or are involved in projects in the community and have video or image content that would make Rotorua proud, we'd be happy to hear from you. Please contact Library Communications Coordinator Sandra Quinn by email or phone 07 348 4177.