a lot of stuff that’s in that color realm. But it’s in my digital work; I haven’t really done it in my hand-cut collage. Those colors weren’t common in magazines and stuff. Do you exhibit all over or primarily in Virginia? I don’t think I’ve ever exhibited in Virginia. I’ve been quiet since we moved here. I guess when I lived in Charlotte, I showed in Charlotte a lot, because I knew people from college and I knew friends around. Before we moved, people started getting in touch and I would mail [work] out to shows elsewhere. That’s the funny thing, too. Almost all of my shows I’ve just mailed the work-I haven’t actually been at the show. I would like to show in Virginia but it’s been a phase of getting my bearings... it’s been transitional.
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Are you part of any artist groups of collectives? Does that play a role in your work? I’m a member of the WAFA collective (wearefuckingawesome. org). They are primarily collagists, but there’s a musician and some people practice graphic design. They are really, really amazing people. I guess I connected with them in 2009, 2010. It’s just a small group, I think there’s maybe 10 of us. It’s been international, people have come and gone, but it’s pretty close-knit. It’s not like any visiting group or anything like that. What do you think of making and sharing art in this crazy digital era? Do you think things are moving more towards pushing art on a blog or a website, vs. an actual gallery setting? It’s sort of a double-edged sword. You’re definitely able to find and connect with your people more
[online]. There’s a deep niche of people who are dedicated to the same stuff you are. On the flip side of it, it’s hard to do everything yourself. You watch documentaries and you hear about how galleries and artists partnered in the past, and I sort of fantasize about someone photographing my artwork for me. Or paying to ship it back to me, whatever the chivalrous gallery of the past would do. Strickland’s works can be seen on Brandistrickland. com and purchased via Paperwhistle.com. She also udates her personal blog on the reg: brandistrickland.com/blog
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