What You Feel in Brandi Milne's Art Is As Important As What You See

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Ha!! I grew up a person that wanted to hide. As shy as I could be, I spent my life perfecting the art of hiding away… in every sense I could. I believe that my art developed because I didn’t have a voice. I didn’t know how to express myself verbally, and it got worse as I grew older. At some point without realizing it, I started to rely on art to express the things I felt. To tell the stories that I couldn’t find the words for or was too shy to open up about. Ultimately, in my art, I reveal my vulnerability. My true self—my thoughts and feelings, my confusion, my heartache. I reveal myself. I’m just now understanding in recent years the whys and hows of my need to hide, and I’m becoming more and more comfortable with that vulnerability—and with being seen as well as heard.

If you had to pick one, is it more important that your artwork communicates an idea or an emotion? 

An emotion. A feeling. An atmosphere of feeling. That’s where I communicate—in feelings.

What does it mean for you to get in touch with your emotions while creating art, and do you actually feel emotional in these moments? 

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