Briana Anders

BFA, Photography

Artist Statement

This series of photographs explores the relationships between color and sexual desire through elaborate scenes involving fruit, people, and objects grouped together according to color theory. This series is a reinterpretation of the biblical story about the Garden of Eden and the Forbidden Fruit from the Tree of Knowledge. Many speculate that the Forbidden Fruit is a metaphor and euphemism for sex, which is a strong theme for my work.  This series focuses on common color patterns, tones, and hues to give depth within each individual image. The ambiguity of the models provokes conversation about censorship and identity. This work is a playful way to break down taboos surrounding sex and help normalize discussions about sexuality.    

Biography

Briana Anders was born in North Carolina in 1994. She obtained her an Associate of Biology degree from Rock Valley Community College in 2014 and in 2021 a Bachelor of Fine Arts – Design and Media Arts with an emphasis in photography and a minor in biology from Northern Illinois University. Her photographic work explores sexuality, and she has been in group exhibitions such as Challenging the Stigma and the Annual Juried Blick Art Materials Ars Nova Exhibition. She currently lives and works in the DeKalb area.

Shots and Snakes, 2021
Archival Pigment Print, 18″x12″ 

Buried, 2021
Archival Pigment Print, 18″x12″ 

Best Foot Forward, 2021
Archival Pigment Print, 18″x12″ 

Iridescent, 2021
Archival Pigment Print, 18″x12″ 

Wrinkles, 2021
Archival Pigment Print, 18″x12″ 

Junk Drawer, 2021
Archival Pigment Print, 18″x12″ 

Reflecting, 2021
Archival Pigment Print, 18″x12″ 

Yellow Fellow, 2021
Archival Pigment Print, 18″x12″ 

Think Pink, 2021
Archival Pigment Print, 18″x12″ 

Peppers and Pillows, 2021
Archival Pigment Print, 18″x12″ 

Stacked, 2021
Archival Pigment Print, 18″x12″ 

Sunkissed, 2021
Archival Pigment Print, 18″x12″ 

Hot and Dangerous, 2021
Archival Pigment Print, 18″x12″ 

Deployment, 2021
Archival Pigment Print, 18″x12″ 

Eggplant Emoji, 2021
Archival Pigment Print, 18″x12″ 

Briana Anders

BFA, Photography

Artist Statement

This series of photographs explores the relationships between color and sexual desire through elaborate scenes involving fruit, people, and objects grouped together according to color theory. This series is a reinterpretation of the biblical story about the Garden of Eden and the Forbidden Fruit from the Tree of Knowledge. Many speculate that the Forbidden Fruit is a metaphor and euphemism for sex, which is a strong theme for my work.  This series focuses on common color patterns, tones, and hues to give depth within each individual image. The ambiguity of the models provokes conversation about censorship and identity. This work is a playful way to break down taboos surrounding sex and help normalize discussions about sexuality.    

Biography

Briana Anders was born in North Carolina in 1994. She obtained her an Associate of Biology degree from Rock Valley Community College in 2014 and in 2021 a Bachelor of Fine Arts – Design and Media Arts with an emphasis in photography and a minor in biology from Northern Illinois University. Her photographic work explores sexuality, and she has been in group exhibitions such as Challenging the Stigma and the Annual Juried Blick Art Materials Ars Nova Exhibition. She currently lives and works in the DeKalb area.

Shots and Snakes, 2021
Archival Pigment Print, 18″x12″ 

Buried, 2021
Archival Pigment Print, 18″x12″ 

Best Foot Forward, 2021
Archival Pigment Print, 18″x12″ 

Iridescent, 2021
Archival Pigment Print, 18″x12″ 

Wrinkles, 2021
Archival Pigment Print, 18″x12″ 

Junk Drawer, 2021
Archival Pigment Print, 18″x12″ 

Reflecting, 2021
Archival Pigment Print, 18″x12″ 

Yellow Fellow, 2021
Archival Pigment Print, 18″x12″ 

Think Pink, 2021
Archival Pigment Print, 18″x12″ 

Peppers and Pillows, 2021
Archival Pigment Print, 18″x12″ 

Stacked, 2021
Archival Pigment Print, 18″x12″ 

Sunkissed, 2021
Archival Pigment Print, 18″x12″ 

Hot and Dangerous, 2021
Archival Pigment Print, 18″x12″ 

Deployment, 2021
Archival Pigment Print, 18″x12″ 

Eggplant Emoji, 2021
Archival Pigment Print, 18″x12″ 

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