Survival Mode

Survival Mode

Artist: Barbara Brandel

Size:   24" x 12"

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas



I am currently working on a series of surreal paintings that are challenging, delightful and mysterious to me. I have been making collages from magazine images, choosing and combining them in spontaneous and unconscious ways. When a collage is finished, I research the images for their symbolic and archetypal relevance. My searches into ancient, traditional, spiritual, and Jungian sources often surprise me, in that my random choices have produced a cohesive statement of my inner world and outer world view. Since the beginning of 2019, I have been making paintings of the collaged images. I call this new series “Fever Dreams”.



In the last few years, several of my artworks have been included in national and state-wide touring exhibitions. I usually have work in a local show or two. Reviews and features of my work have been in: Fiberarts, American Craft, Ornament, Surface Design Journal, Fiberarts Design Book Five, and Fiberarts Design Book 7. Local media includes KUAT-TV’s Arizona Illustrated, Phoenix Home & Garden in the “Masters of The Southwest” edition, 2005, reviews and features in The Tucson Weekly, The Desert Leaf, Tucson Lifestyle Home and Garden, and Sonoran Arts Network. I have won awards in Tucson Museum of Art’s AZ Biennial in 1993 and 1997; and a Tucson/Pima Arts Council Fellowship grant in 1995. Art works are in the collections of the Racine Art Museum, Tucson Country Club, Tohono Chul Park, Tucson Medical Center Foundation, as well as private collections throughout the U.S., and also England, Australia., South Korea, Norway, and The Netherlands.


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