Exhibition Statement from the Artist: Fairy tales represented a vital aspect of my childhood but never escaped me even after my adolescent years. As a child, I often correlated myself to the young girls depicted within each fantastical narrative. As an adult, I continue to find myself fascinated by the young girls and fantasy elements in each story; however, I am also enticed by the strength of the young girls as they overcome the obstacles blocking them from achieving their "happily-ever-afters".
I mirror the innocence of my childhood in my series of paintings while simultaneously combining my experiences as a woman through the depiction of the female figure. Adorned in contemporary clothing, the figures relate to the present era, yet, they suggest their fairy tale origin through action in addition to their surroundings. My modern interpretation continues their fantastical narrative as each moment presented appears believable yet enchanting.
Brianna Angelakis (b. 1990) was born in Massachusetts, moved to New Hampshire during her early teen years, and moved to Florida in her late teen years where she currently lives and works. She graduated summa cum laude from Flagler College located in St. Augustine, Florida, in the Spring of 2013 with a B.A. in Fine Arts, a B.A. in English, and a minor in Illustration. She also graduated as both the Fine Arts Department and English Department's Distinguished Student Award Recipient for the 2012-2013 school year. In December 2013, she completed her B.F.A. in Fine Arts as an alumnus at Flagler College.
Her paintings have exhibited nationally in museums and galleries with several upcoming international exhibitions. Additionally, her works have been published internationally including books such as Semi-Permanent and Creative Quarterly. She was recently selected as an IlluXCon Scholarship winner for 2013. In the Fall of 2014, she will begin her M.F.A. in Painting with an assistantship at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL.