Brandy Trigueros is a native Angeleno whose work introduces worlds in which one can slide down a rabbit hole into other realities, where memories float on the subconscious and parts of childhood can be retained.
Her mother was a self-taught sculptor who ran a home business creating elaborate memory boxes for clients, however, her love of children eventually prompted her to become a teacher’s aid. Brandy’s father worked in fire prevention—from the back of his pick-up truck, with his Polaroid camera in hand, (8 year-old) Brandy Trigueros took her first photograph. That image of a blurred tree taught her to see differently and she continued to explore photography in high school with the use of an analog camera igniting the spark of someday becoming a photographer.
Following high school, Brandy was awarded a scholarship to the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising and later studied illustration and photography at Art Center College of Design. She worked in magazine publishing and continued in animation for Nickelodeon and OddBot.
In 2010, after experiencing the death of both her parents within four years, she began pursuing photography full-time.
In 2013, Brandy’s fears and uncertainties about motherhood provided a road map for her conceptual and metaphorical series There’s No Other Like Your Mother. “It is a way of photographing the psychological aspects of my feelings as I decide whether to undergo this seminal transformation from child to parent”. This project has garnered attention through numerous exhibitions and publications, was selected as a finalist in the 7th Julia Margaret Cameron Awards and was a Critical Mass Finalist in 2014 and 2015.
She is working on several additional bodies of work that explore identity and the universally shared experience of loss while living in Los Angeles, California with her cartoonist husband, Eddie.
The integral thread throughout my work is about transformation. The metamorphosis of life, death, rebirth, and the in-between. The images I capture become a portal, transporting me to a place in my heart and psyche far deeper than my defenses would normally allow me access to. I take pictures to understand. To process. To move through. To move into. To become.
HOME Contest, Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, Honorable Mention, 2016
Slideshow, Palm Springs Photo Festival, Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA, 2016
PDN 30, Nominated, 2016
Critical Mass, Finalist, 2015
International Photography Awards, Honorable Mention, 2015
7th Julia Margaret Cameron Award, Finalist in three categories, 2015
Critical Mass, Finalist, 2014
International Photography Awards, Honorable Mention in two categories, 2014
Publications & Selected Group Exhibitions:
All Women Are Dangerous, Building Bridges Art Exchange, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, CA
Artshare LA: Common Threads, Angel City Brewery, Los Angeles, CA
Berlin Biennial of Fine Art & Documentary Photography, Berlin, Germany
Center Forward, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO, Jurors: Aline Smithson & Hamidah Glasgow
Rooted and Rising, Spring Arts Gallery, The Last Bookstore, Los Angeles, CA
Off the Clock, APA LA, Arena 1 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, Curator: Julie Grahame
Fundraising Auction, Los Angeles Center of Photography, Arena 1 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Musée Magazine, Women Issue 13
Your Daily Photograph, Duncan Miller Gallery, October
Photographer’s Forum, Best of Photography 2015 Annual
Slideluck, Temporary Space LA, Los Angeles, CA
The Marvelous Minds, Spring Arts Gallery, The Last Bookstore, Los Angeles, CA
The Swap, curated by Stuart Pilkington, August
Los Angeles Center of Photography’s Second Annual Members’ Exhibition, dnj Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, Juror: Patricia Lanza
F-Stop Magazine, Humans vs Nature June-July Issue
Analogue Project, Aesthesia Studios, Los Angeles, CA, Lucie Foundation Jurors
PhotoSpiva, Spiva Center for the Arts, Joplin, MO, Juror: Shannon Thomas Perich
BBC News, The Swap
LENSCRATCH Featured Artist
Visual Mixtape: New Photography, Los Angeles Center of Photography, Hollywood, CA
Fundraising Auction, Los Angeles Center of Photography, Bel Air, CA
Portrait: A Picture Show, Black Box Gallery, Portland, OR, Juror: Holly Andres
First Annual Members’ Exhibition, Los Angeles Center of Photography, Hollywood, CA, Juror: Paul Kopeikin
The Swap, curated by Stuart Pilkington, June
Magic, A Smith Gallery, Johnson City, Texas, Juror: Fran Forman
New Orleans Living Magazine, March Issue
Masquerade, New Orleans Photo Alliance, New Orleans, LA, Juror: Aline Smithson
FIGURES / CONTEXTS, Photoplace Gallery, Middlebury, VT, Juror: Cig Harvey
Through The Looking Glass, Leanna Lin’s Wonderland, Eagle Rock, CA
Find Me in the Forest of Dreams, The Last Bookstore, Los Angeles, CA
Curiouser and Curiouser: Photographic Dreams and Fictions, Photoplace Gallery, Middlebury, VT, Juror: Blue Mitchell
ALCHEMY+ENTITY, Julia Dean Gallery, Hollywood, CA
Alter Ego, The Kiernan Gallery, Lexington, VA, Juror: Stephen Sheffield
The Next: Emerging LA Artists, The Perfect Exposure Gallery, Los Angeles, CA