Solo exhibition in Vinyl on Vinyl gallery / Manila, the Philippines / September of 2017
Medium: 15 oil paintings on aluminum and canvas
I am so small I can barely be seen.
How can this great love be inside me?
Look at your eyes. They are small,
but they see enormous things.
"Jana Brike’s Savage Eden is a metaphor for that inner soulspace where human experiences, emotions, revelations and storytelling take place. It is also a metaphor of the primordial home where you can be free, wild and happy, and where life through its trials and tribulations is taking you back, transformed into a new huger form, into a newfound inherent innocence.
For Brike innocence means living with openhearted immediacy. It is living out your wildest dreams. It is courage, it is true freedom that is not mistaken just for little liberties, and it is the ability to truly experience love that is not mistaken for living in illusions about another. And at the same time it is to play, enjoying the moment with fully open senses like there is no tomorrow. It means to stop trying to squeeze your huge shining supernova of a heart into those little gray boxes that are marked as “what we expect of you” or “appropriateness” and so on by society, and living a full life of full experiences.
These visual poems blend together the beauty and cruelty of life, its preciousness and fleetingness, lushness and decay, birth and death and the bittersweetness that comes through aware witnessing of it all."
- by Vinyl on Vinyl gallery