Briana Hickson

saccharine

Bri’s sculptures/installations are a mix of macabre and beautiful desserts. Their work displays a representation of creation and decomposition. Their work also brings to light the difficulties of someone having grotty mental illness (major depressive disorder and social anxiety disorder) that most could not truly understand. Cakes, desserts and food are a personification of themselves while the gore is a personification of their mental illnesses. Bri displays these multiple issues through the use of gore imbued into their work. Horror can be frightening, messy, repulsive and a myriad of emotions. Since baking can be messy and scary, it reminds them of horror in an unexpected way. 

Instead of this installation, “saccharine”, having a semblance to a café/bakery in a gallery space due to the virus, it will instead turn into a picnic. Bri wants people to feel cozy yet creeped out with how their work is displayed. Coziness is an atmosphere of intimacy and comfort. A cozy bittersweet atmosphere so to speak. With this mood being set, it will be disrupted by interlacing their morbid pieces. Creating this disruptive change would allow the viewer to understand how mental illnesses can be just a tiny creature that uses the negative energy it puts upon them to grow into a large mass that envelops them completely.

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Briana Hickson, silicone/gelwax/cake/basket/silver tray/plaster, 2020

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Briana Hickson, silicone/gelwax/cake/basket/silver tray/plaster, 2020

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Briana Hickson, silicone/gelwax/cake/basket/silver tray/plaster, 2020

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Briana Hickson, silicone/gelwax/cake/basket/silver tray/plaster, 2020

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Briana Hickson, silicone/gelwax/cake/basket/silver tray/plaster, 2020

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Briana Hickson, silicone/gelwax/cake/basket/silver tray/plaster, 2020

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Briana Hickson, silicone/gelwax/cake/basket/silver tray/plaster, 2020

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