"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
Brandi Katherine Herrera is a Portland, Ore. 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, with illustrations by Erin Mickelson; and Natürlicher, a chapbook-length work of color theory and experimental translation. Through a joint collaboration with Mickelson, both works were published in 2016 by Broken Cloud Press. Mutterfarbe, as a limited edition artist book, and Natürlicher as an open-edition chapbook.
Books from Mutterfarbe's limited edition have been acquired by the Seattle Art Museum, Yale University, and UCLA for their permanent collections. And Herrera's work in poetics has also been shown in a number of solo and group exhibitions and performance series — most recently for 23 Sandy Gallery (Portland, Ore.), Cube Gallery (Leicester, England), Creative Mornings, Poetry Press Week, and Pure Surface (Portland, Ore.). 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.