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Brenda Matea

Photography

collage

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Brenda Matea

  • Self Portrait
  • Lone Pine, CA
  • Panamint, CA
  • Family
  • Big Island, Hawaii
    Photography
    collage
TITLE     Self Portrait
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I create multi-layered compositions using an iPhone. I begin with an image I’ve captured, then I use Apps on my iPhone to add layers. The additional layers are chosen to express feelings or to tell a story. I often add fine art, textiles, vintage postcards, found objects, and blossoms as layers.

Many years ago I studied art history and worked in the museum and design field as administrative support. I then had a family and have been teaching physical education full-time since 2003. In 2012 I started photographing my athlete husband and his cyclist friends to tell the story of their race events. I started posting on and visiting social media photography sites. My obsession and love for art photography began. I was and still am inspired by artists Man Ray, Harry Callahan, Francesca Woodman, and Saul Leiter. In 2015 my husband gave me an iPhone at the same time I attended an artist talk on collage art. I began creating compositions and collages using only my iPhone. This shift established my current work. I now tell my own stories and have exhibited in small galleries in Central and Southern California.

09/2016 - Frida Kahlo - Picture This Gallery - Long Beach, CA

04/2016 - Grand Opening - WE Labs at the Packard - Long Beach, CA

09/2015 - Small Works - Inez Art Gallery - Los Olivos, CA