Brandi Strickland (b. 1985) is a collage and mixed media artist based in Floyd, Virginia. She grew up in North Carolina and received a BA in Art from Queens University of Charlotte in 2007. Working from her home studio, Brandi creates small, detailed works of art combining collage, painting, and drawing. She runs a shop and blog called Paper Whistle and is a member of the WAFA Collective. Besides art, she enjoys living out in the country, cooking, gardening, and researching. She loves mail.
My work is a journal, a scrapbook, an experiment, a place for me to process, distill, and transform my experiences and interests into something more holistic and meaningful. For me, collage begins with collecting, saving, acquiring, searching; then, as if they were memories, I meticulously sort, separate and organize them into something new, something that is both happily accidental and tediously arranged. I find the whole process of creating art nurturing, therapeutic, and playful, endeavoring to grant such pleasures to the viewer as well. Through serendipity, I seek honest expression, chance, mystery, and revelations.