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Day Brièrre creates deceptively textured digital illustrations harking back to Haitian traditions – It's Nice That

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“I consider my work to be ever-changing, alive and on its own trajectory:” Day Brièrre tells us how her work excavates her history, culture and memories of her homeland.
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Day Brièrre is a Haitian-born, Brooklyn-based multimedia artist whose work lands right at the junction between digital illustration and spiritual communion. Or, as Day puts it: “I am simply the vessel in which these ideas materialise.” Drawing inspiration from “Haitian diasporic visual art traditions, Net Art, the Arts and Crafts movement, sound art, surrealism, folklore”, among other sources, Day’s work is a broader meditation on heritage and history. “My work is an attempt to resist – maybe even counteract – assimilation,” she tells It’s Nice That.
That work, with its unmistakable matchbook texture, has a nostalgic tint. But, she doesn’t shy away from expressing “native forms, text and religious symbolism” through a vibrant colour palette – which can at times give it a holographic quality. This is probably a good thing as Day says she is looking to “create virtual realities with the same aesthetics”. For her, the use of these tactile textures is “a way of examining memory, homeland, the uncanny and dreamscape”. Which, as Day notes, is used to “re-create a world based on play, community and accessibility". While looking forward and backwards, she is steadfast about one thing: “As long as my art exists in the world, my heritage will too.”
Day Brièrre: Run Girl Run (Copyright © Day Brierre, 2021)
Day Brièrre: Friends (Copyright © Day Brierre, 2021)
Day Brièrre: Womb (Copyright © Day Brierre, 2021)
Day Brièrre: Dinner (Copyright © Day Brierre, 2021)
Day Brièrre: Tomb (Copyright © Day Brierre, 2021)
Day Brièrre: Freed (Copyright © Day Brierre, 2021)
Day Brièrre: Wild Dogs (Copyright © Day Brierre, 2021)
Day Brièrre: Haircuts (Copyright © Day Brierre, 2021)
Day Brièrre: Reconnect (Copyright © Day Brierre, 2021)
Day Brièrre: Girlhood (Copyright © Day Brierre, 2021)
Day Brièrre: Nurture (Copyright © Day Brierre, 2021)
Day Brièrre: Kabrit (Copyright © Day Brierre, 2021)
Day Brièrre: The Match/The Kiss (Copyright © Day Brierre, 2021)
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Roz (he/him) joined It’s Nice That as editorial assistant in October 2022 after graduating from Magazine Journalism and Publishing at London College of Communication. He’s particularly interested in publications, archives and multi-media design. Feel free to get in contact with Roz about ideas you may have for stories from the Global South. 
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