"Documents exist as evidence of life and death and Brandi extracts poetry from them. There are gaps, unintelligible pages, either blacked out or erased. Her poetry and selected words tell another story, one spurred more by memory than fact. She fills in some gaps to piece together a narrative, but in other spaces, she leaves nothing behind."
—Kathleen Dolan, Thru Magazine
"Herrera’s performantive work with image/text/sound captures the excitement of early experiments in social media. She is an innovator, and her creative work continually evolves. Mutterfarbe and Natürlicher are perfect examples of her agility to query formal design to generate fine literature."
—Lori Anderson Moseman, Stockport Flats
Brandi Katherine Herrera is a Portland, Oregon based multidisciplinary artist, poet, and translator, whose work in text, film, and sound explores the poetics of space.
She is the author of two books: Mutterfarbe, a full-length work of color theory, experimental translation, photography, and poems; and Natürlicher, a chapbook-length work of color theory and experimental translation. Both works were first published in 2016 by Broken Cloud Press (Santa Fe, NM): Mutterfarbe, as a limited-edition artist book, and Natürlicher as a chapbook.
Her work is held in various permanent collections, including the Seattle Art Museum, Yale University, UCLA, and Reed College, and has been shown in a number of solo and group exhibitions and performance series — most recently for, 23 Sandy Gallery (Portland, OR), Cube Gallery (Leicester, England), Creative Mornings, Poetry Press Week, and Pure Surface (Portland, OR). A short list of her publications includes: The Volta, Octopus Magazine, The Common, Poor Claudia, Word/For Word, Thru Magazine, Borderlands Texas Poetry Review, and Womenspeak PDX.
She is also the co-editor of The Lake Rises, a Witness Post Series anthology of poems (Stockport Flats, 2013), a Contributing Editor at Gramma Poetry (Seattle, WA), and an advisor in the poetry certificate program at the Independent Publishing Resource Center (Portland, OR).