20 Questions with Brandi Milne

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, 25 Mar 2009
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Brandi Milne is a self-taught artist who represents a successful strattling of different genres while embracing beauty and aesthetic over message or propaganda.

 

Born and raised near Disneyland in Anaheim, California, Brandi always had a love for creativity. Growing up, she was happily influenced by the oddities of the 1970s and 80s, vintage Halloween decorations, classic cartoons, and an abundance of nostalgic child playthings.

 

Brandi has an upcoming solo show, Run Rabbit Run, slated for next month at LA’s Thinkspace gallery and after seeing a few sneak peeks of her fresh work for the show, we knew we had to ask her a few questions. 20 Questions to be exact.

 

Read our 20 Questions with Brandi Milne and grab a peek at her newest work below…

What's the first thing you did when you woke up this morning?

 

Brushed my teeth and shuffled around the house like Ozzy Osbourne. At least that's how I felt!

 

Something about yourself the average person wouldn't guess?

 

I suffer from night terrors. It's different from nightmares; this is when you're in REM sleep and part of you wakes up really believing what you're dreaming. Usually someone's in my room or floating in the corner of the ceiling and I wake up grabbing at them or screaming bloody murder.

 

My mom had them too, I remember being little and hearing her scream through the night, and just laying there horrified. As I got older, they became mine - lucky me.

 

If you had one day left on Earth, what’s left to be discovered?

 

...what? My family.

 

What is your first art-making memory as a kid?

 

Definitely coloring in color books and drawing haunted houses as a kid were my first art-making memories. That's good stuff.

Do you need long periods of time alone, or are you energized by interaction?

 

I think I need people around me, I grew up with 5 other people in the house and I was never alone. Always racket, noisy and loud, so I'm right at home there!

 

Is being in the dark with the lights out frightening or comforting?

 

I would say frightening, even as a kid, I was terrified when the lights went out. I was scared of something reaching out from under the bed, spiders on my bed or Geoffre the Giraffe peeking in my window.

 

What's the most non-art involved activity you continually find yourself enjoying?

 

Eating.

 

Have you been to jail? If so, why? If not, why not?

 

I have not been to jail; I don't plan on ever going either.

 

Remember in the 1980s on every family sitcom, someone would always end up in jail? Like Mike Seaver from Growing Pains and probably like Natalie and Tuti from Facts of Life? Well how ridiculous, but I would seriously be nervous that that could be me, so I've been pretty good at staying out of the slammer.

 

What kind of car do you drive?

 

I drive a Honda Civic.

 

What's your biggest non-green inspired indulgence?

 

Everything. No green.

 

What is the single most important thing you did to breakthrough as a career artist?

 

I tried. I took one step and then another.

 

Best hustle you ever pulled?

 

Me and my friends just pulled off a caper, and we're celebrating.

 

Are you ever bored?

 

No. 

What excites you?

 

Laughter and ridiculousness. My husband is pretty good at both of those; I think that's why I married him.

 

2023 will look like . . . ?

 

Are you serious? It's gonna look like a hot mess.

 

If you could have a drink with one artist, living or dead, who would it be?

 

Pshh, Camille.

 

Last passport stamp:

 

No passport, not yet.

 

Can’t stand:

 

I can't stand rude people, slow drivers, jerks, perverts, predators, liars, losers, seafood and criminals.

 

Can’t live without:

 

My family and drawing.

 

Words to live by:

 

Stoppit, let's not get all serious.

 

 

More from Brandi Milne at www.brandimilne.com

 

 

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