|Brandy Eve Allen
Which work will you be exhibiting? What's the story behind this image?
I'm showing a photograph I took of some trees while driving through
the countryside, just outside the city of Torino in the north of
Italy. I'm drawn to people, places and things that seem to exist in
isolation even when surrounded by the rest of the world. The quiet
moment we keep to ourselves with all the chaos and static existing
around us and even what we put out into the world. We all hold those
quiet moments but rarely get to share them with each other.
What is your charity or cause? Why did you select this? Where does
community work fit in with your ethos as an artist?
I believe it's important to make art accessible to everyone for not
just the purpose of collecting, but also creating. There are so many
young people born without privilege who don't have the means to
realize that which lies in the imagination. I think it's important
that we support children in the arts because we need our future
colorful and creative, innovative and expressive. It's through art
that we connect to not just the world around us, but also ourselves.
Edition One Hundred is founded with the idea of providing artists the
opportunity to transform new technology into a tool to both produce
affordable art while simultaneously connecting to non-traditional art
collectors. What are your thoughts on Edition One Hundred?
EOH is doing a great job to bridge the gap in society between those
who can afford art and those who cannot. I see so many photographs of
people who struggle in life, who probably can't afford to buy art for
themselves and yet, they so generously give of themselves for the sake
of art. Why are these people struggling? Where is the art in their
life, besides the art that has become of their life? These are the
people who also deserve to fill their surroundings with something
beautiful, something they can connect to outside of them self,
something to give them a chance to dream, to imagine a different
existence. Anything that gives people who usually wouldn't have the
chance, that chance, is something that unifies and progresses our
society towards a more shared and considerate future.
As an artist, regularly producing work is a manifestation of your
distinctive view. Also it has a lot to do with influence by the work
of others. Do you collect art? If so, who do you collect? And if you
had all the money in the world, who would you buy and why?
I don't collect too much work these days but when I find something I
connect with and can afford, I buy it. Most of the time, me and my
artist friends will do trades and so we've all been collecting each
other in a sense. Collecting art is a business, but there's another
element that is very present for me, which is about connection. If
the piece makes me feel, gets inside of me and becomes apart of me,
that's the most special reason to want something.
Why should people buy art?
Not only is art an investment into something that only gains more
value as time goes on, it's something that keeps the artists creating,
it keeps people connected to the world around them through imaginative
and innovative execution that ultimately we learn from and become
richer people in soul, mind and heart.