About Brenda Mangalore
Brenda began her creative life as a graphic designer for one of the biggest greeting card companies
in the world, where she nurtured her love of colour and composition. However, 4 years into her dream
design career her inner calling to paint could not be silenced. Leaving her career behind, she had her
first solo exhibition in 2011 and boldly launched her new life as a visual artist in full colour.
Brenda's work is a dance of colour, soul & imagination. Sometimes they whisper an invitation to
explore its hidden details. Sometimes they are a chaotic story of struggle as the abstract nature
battle with organic & figurative forms. Shaped by change, experimentation & questions raised in her
musings & meditations, Brenda also credits her past life as a designer in the creative process.
"The depth and subtlety of colours, play of pattern and detail are born from my designer instincts...
purposely designed to evoke visual & emotional reactions."
On the other hand, Brenda also depends on her intuition and the inspiration of the moment to take
over. Allowing the painting to emerge naturally, often changing course along the way. Applying
multiple layers of free flowing colour with organic shapes, patterns and symbols. A new story with
each additional layer, so the process of creation becomes another facet of the story behind Brenda's
paintings. A story that focuses on the inner landscape of both artist & viewer. Like a memory of a
dream filtered by emotions & intuition. It's secrets & history revealed only to those who pause to have
a closer look.
ARTIST STATEMENT FOR CURRENT BODY OF WORK
My grandmother recently passed away - and I saw anew the legacy of Matriarchs as I watched my mother mourn her mother. And I could see the future of my daughters mourning me.
In order to navigate the chaos of emotions amongst the logistics of flying overseas & leaving behind my breastfed baby — I saw anew the anchors my motherhood was from a personal perspective as I left my two girls behind to attend the funeral.
These ideas of chaos & anchors amongst that ‘mess’ is the core theme of all my works.
The mess of colours and marks that I explore with layers of acrylic paint & pen, splattered on the canvas in wild abandon! Plus intuitive movement I like to think of as a dance with the Muse.
Once the chaos has reached a tipping point, the search for anchors begins.
Compositions & the more left-brain side of my Designer past life comes back to dig through the mess. The spiral shape is the visual anchor, serving as both windows through the ‘past’ (underlying layers) as well as compositional and visual anchors.
Just as in life - to find a fulfilled life, one must find the beauty in the mess!
With my experience mourning the Matriarch of my maternal family, I wanted to explore how the motherhood experience reflects these themes alongside concepts of time and legacy, with the duality of beauty and mess. Grief and joy. Chaos and structure
The past, represented by my grandmother, serves as an anchor as we grieve the loss while also joyfully celebrating her legacy.
With my daughters as anchors for the future as they create their stories.
And I stand in the present, searching and creating the beauty amongst the chaos.
Simultaneously playing and battling the chaos, while holding & grasping for anchors.
May these paintings serve as inspiration for you to find your anchors & joy in connection with your family -- whether by blood or choices, family are a spiral of focus that helps us see the beauty in the mess!
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