Bronwyn Aitken is an emerging visual artist based in Perth, Western Australia with a practice focussed on printmaking and photography.
With its myriad of technical processes and capacity for experimentation, printmaking quickly hooked her in. As an artistic medium it opened the gate to countless possibilities as she saw how her background in other creative disciplines could be utilised alongside its traditional forms.
Bronwyn has always had an interest in the notion of malevolence operating beneath the veneer of ordinary life, and in the consequent destabilising sense of 'something isn't quite right'. In so, her work draws on the Australian Gothic genre and its key conventions; the vastness of the Australian landscape, its other-worldly plants and wildlife and decaying and abandoned architecture. Bronwyn engages traditional gothic tropes to create psychological landscapes where allegory and paradox intermesh. Human psyche concepts 'The Uncanny' and 'The Shadow Self' are interplayed through symbolism and visual metaphor to craft a collage of dark narratives.
Bronwyn has found etching a particularly fitting printmaking process as it delivers visual nuances congruent with the aesthetic sensibilities in her work and, through the technical process, reveals a unique and expressionistic layering of mark-making that both interprets and challenges her drawing style. Bronwyn also works with drypoint etching, paper lithography, photographic transfer and collage in her printmaking practice.
Bronwyn has a diverse academic background in the Arts, completing tertiary studies in Filmmaking, Communications, Creative Writing and Theatre and Drama. She has worked professionally in the Film & TV industry as an Editor, Animation Artist and Visual FX Producer. She has contributed to independent film productions in a number of roles and collaborated with performers and artists, predominantly producing digital media works for theatre productions and installations. She continues to maintain an ongoing love for creative writing and this is evident in the strong narrative qualities of her printmaking and photography work.
Bronwyn has exhibited in group exhibitions, had work selected for WA and interstate art awards and has prints held in private collections in Australia and internationally. She is currently developing a new series of copper plate etchings, alongside photographic and animation work for her first solo exhibition.
Bronwyn is an invitational member of the Swan River Print Studio collective located at Goolugatup Heathcote.