Breanne Rupp was born in Panama in 1986 and moved to Florida in 1999. Currently she lives and works in San Francisco.

In 2008 she graduated Magna Cum Laude, receiving her Bachelor's of Fine Art with a Graphic Design minor from Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida,USA. She has additionally studied in Florence, Italy at SACI as well as Richmond, Virginia at VCU. In 2009 Breanne was honored with the BFAnow award in Printmaking. Since 2010 she has been living and working in San Francisco, and has continued taking courses through the San Francisco Art Institute and Rayko Photo Center.

Breanne has worked as a graphic designer, screenprinter and for a variety of non-profits, putting in many volunteer hours teaching art workshops to children and adults with special needs.

Breanne Rupp


How I Remember It

12.03.2012 to 30.03.2012

Breanne Rupp -an artist that was born in Panama and  currently lives an works in San Francisco, USA-  is  ' ace first 2012 artist in residency at the SUB30 Program.


I make two distinct types of works, figurative drawings and abstracted designs, which sometimes happily overlap. Both types of work begin as a result of collection and reflection on images and objects. I choose which photos to work from because of the feelings they evoke and connections I make. I also save things such as tea bags, bus transfers, fabric and paper scraps, and see how these small objects often considered as waste can come together and be transformed into something new. In both types of work there is always a labored and layered working into. In appearance the similarities are the repeated use of lace and doilies, the tangible quality created by the weaving of layers, and the rugged sense of imperfection created by the visibility of my hands in the work.

I use doilies and lace for their forms, inherent nostalgia, and to pay homage to my women ancestors who fulfilled (among others) the roles of crafters, menders, homemakers and memory keepers. The use of layers and allowing for imperfections references time, mimicking its wear on objects and images. In making these separate and sometimes intermingling types of work I allow myself to explore source materials and processes. When these two types of work merge into one, its a visual interpretation of how our memories actually exist, in patterns and layers of nostalgia, worn in parts and embellished in others.

My practice gives new life to things which are often forgotten, discarded or overlooked, in my personal interpretation of our shared pasts.