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Back Talk with Brandi Milne

Juxtapoz // Monday, 14 Jun 2010


One reason you make art:


I have to or I’ll die.



The last good movie you saw:


Good movie? I’d have to say The Hangover. The more I watch it, the better I like it.



Something you’ve always wanted to do, but have yet to:


I’ve always wanted to take a giant road trip across the US. Visit every tiny corner of this country – Easy Rider style. (And by that I just mean on motorcycles with Peter Fonda’s helmet.) Maybe one day, huh?



Favorite country or city visited:


I recently fell in LOVE with Bristol, England! No joke - I’d move there in a heartbeat!



A few words that sum up your philosophy on life:


Be good. Be funny. Or at least laugh at funny things.



Something you want the world to know about you:


This very question makes me very shy.


Something that annoys or frustrates you about people:


I hate when people are rude. It makes me fly through the roof and go phsycho. Like in line somewhere, when the person behind you is climbing up your back. Or when you hold the door open for someone and they just bust on thru – don’t even say thank you. Those moments light my hair on fire.



Something that concerns you:


Without getting too serious, the state of this world concerns me. I don’t see a good end in sight….



Artists you admire:


I admire any artist that loves what they do. An artist that feels their work pulsing thru their veins. Femke Heimstra, Daniel Peacock, Gary Taxali, Lola, Bob Dob, Travis Lampe, Johnny Rodriquez, Greg Simkins, Ryan Heshka, Colin and Sas Christian, Camille Rose Garcia, David Bowie, Elton John, Elvis and Robert Redford.



Favorite quote(s):


My heart shall not fear…



The first record or CD you ever bought? The last album you downloaded?


Well, the first record I ever STOLE (from my mom) were all her Beatles albums in one fell swoop. Every last one of em…the last album I bought was Muse; The Resistance.



Something you do when you’re procrastinating?




What is your most defining characteristic?


I think I have to say ridiculous.



What is your greatest fear?


Being trapped. Drowning. Hell on earth. Those are all pretty great.



The moment you realized you were an ‘artist’:


I always secretly felt like an artist, but the first time I said it out loud was well after I’d been showing my work and doing pretty well. I think it was while I was filling out a form (probably at the DMV) and they asked my occupation. I said ARTIST.



Your greatest quality:


Is my art a quality? For this question I’d say yes. My art is my best quality.



Something you wish you could change or alter about yourself:


I’d change my entire face and body into that of Linda Carter back in the day. Wonder Woman days – I’d seriously just go for it!!



What is the biggest risk you’ve ever taken and was it worth it?


The biggest risk I’ve taken was pushing past fear. Whether it was showing my work for the very first time, or emailing someone I look up to, or quitting my job to work on my art full time. Everything I’m afraid of is risky, and pushing past it is definitely worth it – always.



Something you wish you had known five years ago:


I wish I had known I wasn’t gonna have my mom around for much longer. And I wish I knew what could be on the other side of loss…



What do you hope to accomplish in the next five years of your life?


I hope to reach my goals as far as art goes – showing in galleries that I look up to, showing along side artists I admire, working myself to the bone and doing the very best work I can. I want to work on a few books, some new adventures, and ultimately, I want to be happy. I want to be ridiculous.



Brandi Milne’s My Heart Shall Not Fear will open on Saturday, June 26 from 7 to 11pm at Corey Helford Gallery.


For more information about the artist, please visit






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