Please explain what just happened.

I’ve been trying to figure that out for years.


What is your earliest memory?

Looking at my brother’s tricycle on top of our very steep driveway and thinking, “If he can do it, I can do it.” What I don’t remember, though, is getting on the tricycle, flying down the driveway and ending up in the hospital with a bunch of stitches in my forehead.



If you weren’t an artist, what other profession would you choose?

Something really smart sounding that involves traveling.  Like some sort of UN ambassador or secret agent.  Except they’d never hire me, so I’d probably end up in the back of a mail room sorting mail my whole life like Bukowski or something.


Please describe the current contents of your refrigerator.

Hmmm. Do I have to?


Is there a time you wish you’d lied?

Plenty.  Usually right after the truth hurts someone’s feelings… I hate that, but I know it’s better than lying….blah.

What would you say to yourself if you could go back in time and have a conversation with yourself at age thirteen?

Your breasts will turn out just fine, don’t worry.



If you could have only one album to get you through a breakup, what would it be?

Ani DiFranco, Dilate.


What are three websites—other than your email—that you check on a daily basis?

Huffington Post, MSNBC and Facebook.


From what or whom do you derive your greatest inspiration?

I like nature. And Andy Goldsworthy.


Name a book that changed your life.

There’s been so many… really, just one?  Lighthousekeeping, Jeannette Winterson.


If you could relive one moment over and over again, what would it be?

The moment I realized I don’t have to do what people tell me to do.


How are you six degrees from Kevin Bacon?

I don’t know, but a couple of weeks ago at a show in Houston I was hanging out with Shakira’s road crew, does that count?


What makes you feel most guilty?

When I stole that lollipop from the grocery store in 5th grade.  I even brought it back after I ate half of it, but I still feel guilty.


What would you most like to have invented?



What is the worst piece of advice you’ve ever gotten?

Get a job.


What is the best advice you’ve ever given to someone else?

Your happiness is not anyone else’s job, it’s yours.


What do you consider the harshest kind of betrayal?

When someone tells me their name is Bill but really it’s William.


Of all the game shows that have graced our TV screens throughout history, which one would you want to be a contestant on and why?

I don’t really watch a lot of TV and I haven’t owned one in over a decade but I think The Price is Right so I could spin that big wheel.


What do you want to know?

Everything.  Including what I invented that one night on the roof with Anthony after drinking copious amounts of alcohol. It was seriously brilliant, he thinks it had to do with third nipples and time travel, but I think it was something that involved Helium 3, the Moon and Tom Waits.


What would you like your last words to be?

Thank you.


Please explain what will happen.

I don’t wanna know!  That’s the exciting part!!!

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“I'm fascinated with biomorphic shapes that are repeated throughout the infinite smallness and infinite bigness of the natural world and the cosmos. Within that context, I think of myself as a landscape artist exploring new possibilities of surreal and unique flora and fauna.”

In the middle of trying to write a novel, Denver based artist BRIANNA MARTRAY had a fit of inspiration one day and absolutely had to paint. She got a very large piece of wood, dug out her old paints, but couldn't find any brushes. Due to the severity of the need to paint she didn't mind, and in fact, kind of liked it and has been painting with her hands ever since.

Martray is a working artist in the Santa Fe Arts District of Denver, Colorado. She is a painter, sculptor and installation artist. She was recently interviewed on Denver’s NBC 9 News about her installation piece and listed under #15 of 5280 magazine’s 27 reasons to love Colorado in the summer. Her awards include: Museum of Fine Art Houston Curatorial Award for Excellence in Sculpture, Cain Park Third Prize, 2009 Best Studio Artist of the Year - Arts District on Santa Fe Dr. Her recent installation piece, Shadow Happy won 2010 Best Solo Show of the Year - Arts District on Santa Fe Dr.

2 responses to “21 Questions with Brianna Martray”

  1. Anthony says:

    Love the interview! Maybe that invention had to do with Boi-engineering trees to with breasts that lactate…….citrus flavored vodka or borboun…..all I know is it was a billion dollar idea.

  2. Jordan Leigh says:

    Yea Brianna! Way to go and be all famous and stuff!!! : )

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