Brandy Trigueros is a native Angeleno whose work introduces worlds in which one can slide down a rabbit hole into other realities, where memories float on the subconscious and parts of childhood can be retained. Her new work looks to connect the past and present historically and socially where previously that connection was primarily personal. This slight shift allows her to be both conceptual and socially conscious during this radically political time.
From the back of her father’s pick-up truck, with a Polaroid camera in hand, (8 year-old) Brandy took her first photograph. That image of a blurred tree taught her to see differently and she continued to explore photography in high school with the use of an analog camera igniting the spark of someday becoming a photographer. After years of working in publishing at the Los Angeles Times and animation at Nickelodeon while holding her photographic self tucked away in a (locket), it wasn’t until experiencing the death of both of her parents within a four year time span that she began pursuing her photographic practice full-time. She is now working towards completely her degree at CalArts.
In 2013, Brandy’s fears and uncertainties about motherhood provided a road map for her conceptual and metaphorical series There’s No Other Like Your Mother. “It is a way of photographing the psychological aspects of my feelings as I decide whether to undergo this seminal transformation from child to parent”. This project has garnered attention through numerous exhibitions and publications and was selected as a Critical Mass Finalist in 2014 and 2015.
In 2014, she began working on A Wounded Deer Leaps Highest, which takes its title from an Emily Dickinson poem. This series portrays the universally shared experience of loss using ice as a metaphor for life’s hardships.
In 2017, her latest series, The Dadabyte Theater arose in reaction to the constant barrage of media assault with the current presidency during sleepless, anxiety-filled nights being tethered to her phone, computer, television and radio. She transformed her living room into a studio/impromptu stage, pulling found materials around the home and objects that were inherited or previously collected in a bricolaged fashion to act as stand-ins for the larger issues of this technological information age that has been bubbling below the surface and began this in-camera self-portrait work.
She is currently living in Los Angeles, California with her cartoonist husband, Eddie.
My main focus is composing visual narratives through conceptual portraiture using humor and pathos; they are an amalgamation of the fictional and non-fictional landscape of life. I set the stage using props, whether symbolic or that I’m drawn to, and invite myself, a surrogate or muse to perform in a natural, intuitive way.
I work in a hybrid context, continuing to use the 35 mm format of my High School days with a transition to digital and play with analog medium format.
Through storytelling, I aim to create photographic vignettes and tableaus, which address the confluence of history (both personal and social), childhood memories, identity, memoir and the on-going transformation of self.
Like Dawn in Marge Piercy’s Woman on the Edge of Time, “I want to do something very important. Like fly into the past and make it come out right.”
HOME Contest, Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, Honorable Mention, 2016
Slideshow, Palm Springs Photo Festival, Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA, 2016
PDN 30, Nominated, 2016
Critical Mass, Finalist, 2015
International Photography Awards, Honorable Mention, 2015
7th Julia Margaret Cameron Award, Finalist in three categories, 2015
Critical Mass, Finalist, 2014
International Photography Awards, Honorable Mention in two categories, 2014
Publications & Select Exhibitions:
Solo Exhibition, The Dadabyte Theater, California Institute of the Arts, Gallery D300, Valencia, CA
California Rising, Fabrik Projects Gallery, Culver City, CA
Photo Independent, Fabrik Projects, Los Angeles, CA
All Women Are Dangerous, Building Bridges Art Exchange, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, CA
Artshare LA: Common Threads, Angel City Brewery, Los Angeles, CA
Berlin Biennial of Fine Art & Documentary Photography, Berlin, Germany
Center Forward, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO, Jurors: Aline Smithson & Hamidah Glasgow
Rooted and Rising, Spring Arts Gallery, The Last Bookstore, Los Angeles, CA
Off the Clock, APA LA, Arena 1 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, Curator: Julie Grahame
Fundraising Auction, Los Angeles Center of Photography, Arena 1 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Musée Magazine, Women Issue 13
Your Daily Photograph, Duncan Miller Gallery, October
Photographer’s Forum, Best of Photography 2015 Annual
Slideluck, Temporary Space LA, Los Angeles, CA
The Marvelous Minds, Spring Arts Gallery, The Last Bookstore, Los Angeles, CA
The Swap, curated by Stuart Pilkington, August
Los Angeles Center of Photography’s Second Annual Members’ Exhibition, dnj Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, Juror: Patricia Lanza
Analogue Project, Aesthesia Studios, Los Angeles, CA, Lucie Foundation Jurors
PhotoSpiva, Spiva Center for the Arts, Joplin, MO, Juror: Shannon Thomas Perich
BBC News, The Swap
Visual Mixtape: New Photography, Los Angeles Center of Photography, Hollywood, CA
Fundraising Auction, Los Angeles Center of Photography, Bel Air, CA
Portrait: A Picture Show, Black Box Gallery, Portland, OR, Juror: Holly Andres
First Annual Members’ Exhibition, Los Angeles Center of Photography, Hollywood, CA, Juror: Paul Kopeikin
The Swap, curated by Stuart Pilkington, June
Magic, A Smith Gallery, Johnson City, Texas, Juror: Fran Forman
New Orleans Living Magazine, March Issue
Masquerade, New Orleans Photo Alliance, New Orleans, LA, Juror: Aline Smithson
FIGURES / CONTEXTS, Photoplace Gallery, Middlebury, VT, Juror: Cig Harvey
Through The Looking Glass, Leanna Lin’s Wonderland, Eagle Rock, CA
Find Me in the Forest of Dreams, The Last Bookstore, Los Angeles, CA
Curiouser and Curiouser: Photographic Dreams and Fictions, Photoplace Gallery, Middlebury, VT, Juror: Blue Mitchell
ALCHEMY+ENTITY, Julia Dean Gallery, Hollywood, CA
Alter Ego, The Kiernan Gallery, Lexington, VA, Juror: Stephen Sheffield
The Next: Emerging LA Artists, The Perfect Exposure Gallery, Los Angeles, CA