I was born in the low country of South Carolina in 1979 where I spent much of my youth moving from location to location throughout the country. I have been shy and introverted my whole life and have always expressed myself through my artwork. Before I was a painter I worked in fabrics, photography, clay and pencils. In school I learned to cast silver and weld with which I soon became obsessed.
I graduated school with a degree in art education and quickly moved to Memphis, TN where I began work as an arts education outreach teacher for under funded schools with the Dixon Gallery. I drove a painted van all over Memphis and Northern Mississippi teaching art to elementary students, a different school every day. By the end of 6 months I had taught well over 27,000 students but every child truly taught me how to see the world… how to love it.
One of the last classes I taught was in Clarksdale, Mississippi. After my classes were over, a parent took me on a tour of the little town time seemed to have forgotten. I saw the Delta Blues clubs, ate at the delta tamale and catfish restaurants and heard all the stories of bluesmen traveling through the crossroads. I was mesmerized. I left my job and became a full-time photographer. I drove all over Memphis and Northern Mississippi attending shows and lurking in juke joints. You can see my Delta Blues project on my website, www.BrandyKayzakianRowe.com , it spent 18 months on exhibit at The Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale, MS!
But after a year of photographing the Delta my husband and I moved to the Pacific Northwest. I lost my Delta inspiration and didn’t create anything for months. Then I got the idea to paint my memories from my Deep South home and started painting for the first time. That was about a year and a half ago, I hope that my work continues to evolve and explore the deeply rooted stories of life and culture. I hope my work evokes love and compassion in all who view it.
This speaks volumes….
This piece takes me back to the days of seeing classic street art spray painted on the side of buildings…or sketches by that one Cat everybody knew in school that could draw just about anything. I’m sure some people will only focus on the voluptuous women….and that’s cool too…but don’t forget to take a step back and just try to take it all in. After all, it’s an expression…
I’d love to have this on a T-Shirt! Hit me up Nunez…we can do somethin’