Artist Brianna L. Hernández Baurichter presents a few of her recent artworks dealing with end-of-life care and grief rituals inspired by Día de Muertos and her Mexican-American heritage. Attendees are then invited to join in to create their own creative rituals with guided instruction from the artist.
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.
Brianna is currently studying to become a death doula through Going with Grace End-of-Life Training where she is further integrating her arts and public health practices for both the studio and her work with others.