Growing up in Auckland, New Zealand in the 80’s with flashy material values mingling with the cobbled together tree hut and patch of native bush at the bottom of the road, spurred a vibrant curiosity for the world around me and an insatiable DIY instinct cross pollinated with a reverent respect for nature. My childhood was spent between creating and exploring. In 2007 I graduated with a Masters Degree in Fine Arts from the Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland where I focussed on installation and sculptural practice. I have lived and worked in New Zealand, Germany, India, USA, Japan, The Netherlands and Mexico; these places and their inherent attitudes and patterns of consumption and materiality have greatly influenced my visual practice evidenced by successive site specific installation, performance and video projects including Survival River Series and The Raimaker project navigating experimentation within 3 successive, sodden Monsoon seasons. Questioning our human relationship with water, waste, weather and posing alternative values in a changing world environment. In my early career, my work has been selected for exhibition across an international spectrum framed in environments ranging from urban canals and coastal national parks to dessert villages; to the exterior of a working rubbish truck; to a solo project artist booth at PULSE Contemporary Art Fair; from one night installations in New York and into the underbellies and back street alleys of Wellington, Melbourne and Berlin.
Artist profile on Circuit: http://www.circuit.org.nz/artist/brydee-rood