ABOUT

Artist Statement

I have spent the majority of my life surrounded by forest, wherein I am continually influenced by the visual and tactile experiences this environment offers. Being outside is an integral part of who I am. The time I spend outdoors can be defined by hiking, mountain biking, running, backpacking, hunting and skiing. As much as I am compelled to be outside, I am equally drawn to capturing my experiences in visual art. I combine my personal experience with my studio practice to navigate the complexities of the human-nature relationship. I have come to understand our relationship with the land as symbiotic and stewardship a vital component.

My current body of work is the result of an ongoing analysis of the Northern Colorado wildfires and interrelated concepts of protection, prevention, and preparation. The Cameron Peak Wildfire in The Roosevelt National Forest of Colorado burned over 200,000 acres in the fall of 2020. The burn scar demonstrates the history of fire suppression of public land over the last century. Since westward expansion, wildfire has been depicted as an enemy, driving public policy and perception. Walking around the burn scar left me uneasy. What if all the places I loved turned into this?

Confronting the aftermath motivates me to contribute to the public perception of conservation. By referencing Works Progress Administration posters and 19th century landscape paintings. My paintings accentuate the beauty of wildfire while representing the human aspect, such as a helicopter, being scaled down significantly. The miniature quality represents how minuscule the resources are for fighting fires. This body of work aims to convey information I have gathered, empowering the public. Presenting the information in an accessible way can emphasize the need for dialogue that will open up more discussions.

Biography

Russell Brausch is an artist who focuses his work on the human-nature relationship, currently based in Bozeman, MT. Russell received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Creighton University in 2022. In the fall, Russell will attend Montana State University for a Masters of Fine Arts degree.

Russell has most recently exhibited his work at Creighton University’s Lied Art Gallery to display his thesis exhibition, Fire on the Mountain. He has shown his work at a solo show, Wildfire, at the Star Deli in Benson Neighborhood of Omaha. Russell had a drawing chosen to be apart of the 2021 Undergraduate Juried Exhibition at the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art in St. Jospeh, MO. He also had two prints juried into the 2020 show that moved online for Covid-19.

Russell was awarded the Scheerer Fellowship in the Arts in 2019. He has worked as Program Assistant for the Scheerer Arts Scholars program since 2020 and has worked as the ceramics and printmaking studio assistant since 2020. Russell received a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship from the Creighton Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship for the summer of 2021.

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Education

  • 2022-
    • Montana State University, Master of Fine Arts (in progress)
  • 2018-2022
    • Creighton University, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Minor in Art History
  • 2018
    • Diploma, Fossil Ridge High School, Fort Collins, Colorado

Fellowships/Awards

  • 2021
    • CURAS Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship
  • 2019
    • Scheerer Scholars in the Arts Fellowship

Exhibitions

  • 2022
    • Fire on the Mountain, Bachelor of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition, Lied Art Gallery, Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska
    • Benefit and Auction, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, Nebraska
  • 2021
    • Wildfire, Star Deli Gallery, Benson, Omaha, Nebraska
    • Undergraduate Juried Exhibition, Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, St. Joseph, Missouri
  • 2020
    • Undergraduate Juried Exhibition, Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, St. Joseph, Missour
      • (exhibition moved online due to COVID-19)

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