BRONWYN/BRO

Before I spoke with colors, I loved to figure out life with words.

I’ve been a writer, columnist and a journalist for most of my career. I found myself working in tech when, while freelancing from home on maternity leave, I realised very early on what the internet was going to do to journalism. I founded a company called NORG, short for news organisation and built one of the world’s first citizen journalism news sites. 

I embraced Twitter when it came along and with it a world of new friends. Early Twitter was a lot like NFT Twitter and its a deeply nostalgic experience for me.

Shunned from my profession for making crazy claims about the internet and its impact on newsrooms, I had no choice as a single parent of four kids but to keep working in tech. 

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had a wonderful and successful career in tech and I’m not someone to dwell on regrets, but my creative self felt starved and unnurtured.

Four years ago I picked up a paint brush and I discovered a part of myself that I had never tapped into. It was there all along waiting for me to stop and take notice.

When I put a brush to canvas, I try to put my feelings into every touch. I found myself drawn to abstract art and its deep connection with our subconscious. I paint in pure pigment as it’s so bright, rich, raw and unruly. I look like I’ve been through a “color-run” obstacle course when I spend time in my studio. 

I love that my all shoes have paint stains on them, and that I barely own a pair of jeans these days that aren’t spotted with color.

When COVID happened I couldn’t go to my studio anymore. As I was working in tech in senior positions around innovation I knew of NFTs, but my interest was somewhat dulled at my own perception that this was a total “tech bro” scene. Having been a columnist who wrote on feminist issues in the past, this wasn’t a space I felt I wanted to dip into. You can imagine the fan-mail you receive.

With time on my hands though and the fact that I was seeing this awesome and experimental digital art move into my periphery, I paid attention to it all one day. And the rest is history.

I saw the potential of what NFTs could do for creative workers, and having been forced to give up creative careers in my past just to earn a living, I was not going to let this opportunity pass. Not for me, but for every creative person out there.

I was struck by the power of PFP communities and wanted to turn that into something that could empower 1/1 artists. I also loved that people who never considered themselves art collectors – now did. And so the idea for the Crypto Art Appreciation Society was born.

I hadn’t used Photoshop for years, and I downloaded every creative art app I could and I set about creating the Mos. Like feverishly – for weeks! I had a vision for what they looked like as soon as I imagined them, and I can honestly say I was guided by their art direction into existence.

They also represent me, and my approach to life.

If you want change, change things. But remember to have fun. 

Life is short. Life is serious. Life is funny too. 

I hope to get more of my art out there. I’m not someone who’s legacy will likely be defined by a style. I like to lean into new things like AI, glitch art and video.

If CAAS is what I contribute to this world. I am ok with that.

We are helping pave the way for more artists from around the world to make a living. Many of them are from countries that don’t support the arts, or even have art collectors as a thing that people do. 

My name is Bronwen Clune, my NFT name is Bronwyn, and my nickname is Bro.

I answer to all of them.

I’m here to build an art legacy, and I hope you are too.

 

You can find me on Twitter here @bronwyn_nft