2012 Fulbright Cultural Alumni
2011 Wallace Fulbright Award New Zealand
In 2007, Brydee Rood graduated with an MFA focusing on installation and sculptural practice from Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland. Since then, Brydee has lived and worked in New Zealand, Germany, India, USA, Japan, The Netherlands and Mexico. The inherent attitudes and patterns of consumption and materiality from each of these places have greatly influenced the artist’s visual practice. This is expressed in subsequent site specific installations, performances and video projects including Survival River Series and The Rainmaker project, which saw the artist navigate experimentation within three successive, sodden Monsoon seasons.
Brydee has also worked for Starship Children's Hospital for 5years (2007-2012) as an Adolescent Hospital Play Specialist, where she facilitated a wide range of arts, crafts and creative distraction programming with teenage patients in personal 1:1 and group sessions. These programmes focussed on building resilience and wellbeing through creativity, and the power of individual and collaborative artistic expression to generate positive exchanges in an often challenging hospital environment.
In addition, her work has been exhibited internationally 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. What emerges from these works is a recurring question of the human relationship with water, waste, weather, and the growing necessity of alternative values in a changing world environment.