Artist: Brianna Meli
Media: Fiber structures, Video installation
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Marilyn Webry Gallery
About the Artist
Brianna Meli is an undergraduate student at CSULB. She is a student in the School of Art’s Fiber Program pursuing the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. After earning her BFA, she plans to pursue a Master’s degree in Library Science in hopes of introducing and incorporating art into her future career.
Over_Realmed consists of four large elaborate fiber banners, each with different patterns. One of the banners reads “LOL…” and the other three spell out “IDK” in black with soft colored patterns in the background. Various colorful wires and cables are weaved into the fibers that compose the letters. Brianna M. also displays two videos. One represents her in the physical realm and the other in the virtual realm created by technology and social media.
While chatting with Brianna M. about her artwork, I learned that Over_Realmed is a way of expressing her feelings towards technology and social media. She reveals that she feels torn between the physical world and the world of technology. Her work represents the internal struggle of having to keep up with the growing world of technology and social media while still feeling a need for physical connection with others. Brianna M. recognizes the importance of both worlds, yet struggles to balance the two in her life. Although technology can interfere with the physical world, it can also offer a quick and convenient way to connect with others and share art among thousands of other things. She believes technology should be used more as a tool to communicate with others as opposed to one’s primary form of human interaction.
Synthesis/ My Experience
I was able to relate to this exhibition very easily. As someone who rarely ever uses social media to communicate with others, I find it difficult to deal the pressure to be active on social media sites. Most of my friends actively post and chat via social media and I often find myself feeling left out and disconnected from them in some aspects. Although I don’t dislike technology and social media, I find it difficult to keep up with it. This exhibit spoke out to me because of my own struggle with balancing the physical world with technology.