“ONCE UPON A QUIET KINGDOM”
Childhood elements spin into dreamlike scenes when Brandi Milne is behind the paintbrush. Brandi is a self-taught surrealist painter from Anaheim, California. She uses fun colors and deep imagination to create a world that is purely her own. Her fourth solo exhibition, “Once Upon a Quiet Kingdom”, is said to be her most personal and proudest exhibition yet. One can experience her surreal world at the Corey Helford Gallery in Los Angeles – where “Once Upon a Quiet Kingdom” will be displayed from August 19th through September 16th.
BRANDI MILNE INTERVIEW
TESS (HIGHLARK): Hi Brandi, I absolutely love your paintings! How does it feel to have finished creating your fourth solo exhibition – “Once Upon a Quiet Kingdom”?
BRANDI MILNE: Thank you!! It feels great to be finished with the painting process – I’m so excited to see everything framed and lit and celebrated at opening night!!
TESS: I find it very interesting how you use bright colors in your work – such as pink, yellow, blue, and red – yet your paintings still embody a darker tone. What is your process of deciding how much color to use in your work?
BRANDI: It happens as I go – each painting dictates how much color and if I’m going to use brights or darks, it depends on the mood I want to create and speak from.
TESS: Have you always been drawn to surrealism?
BRANDI: I think I have, although I’ve never really thought about it deliberately. I like the option of endless possibilities that surrealism offers my imagination. I love things to be just off from reality, and that there are no rules – that I can create and express the world that I want to see.
TESS: Your paintings include classic elements of childhood such as candy and cute animals – what is it that you find particularly fascinating about using and recreating childhood elements in your paintings?
BRANDI: It’s a language – those elements from my childhood help me tap into the world or feeling I’m speaking of. They help me relate to others, a certain re-connection to innocence and universal disillusion.
TESS: What aspects of “Once Upon a Quiet Kingdom” would you consider to be unique from the rest of your solo exhibitions?
BRANDI: Everything! The palette sets this work apart as well as feeling and subject and personal insight and understanding. This work is my most proudest, my most personal and transparent.
TESS: Each artist has their own process of working – what is the environment that you like to surround yourself with while working?
BRANDI: Dang, if you could see my workspace… Christmas lights everywhere, walls completely covered in inspiration, and music turned up to 11.
TESS: Have you always known that you wanted to be an artist?
BRANDI: I always knew that I had a special connection to art as a kid. I loved drawing and coloring and looking at children’s storybooks. I loved living in my own imaginary world – drawing haunted houses and ghosts and writing silly stories with my sister.
TESS: What do you enjoy doing when you’re not painting?
BRANDI: When I’m not painting, I love just being a human. Hanging out and laughing my butt off.