Angelique Brickner is an artist based out of Ashville, NC. She received her BFA from Colorado State University. She exhibits nationally in Juried and curated shows, such as: ‘Figuratively Speaking’ at the Brooklyn waterfront Artists Coalition juried by Lilly Wei, critic for both Art in America and Art News magazines; ‘Visions in Clay’ at the J Horton Gallery in Stockton, California juried by Judith Schwartz writer of Confrontational Ceramics; ‘Beyond the Brickyard’ at the Archie Bray Center for Ceramic Arts in Montana, and ‘A Survey of Ceramic Figurative Art’ at the Baltimore Clayworks juried by artist Adrian Arleo. She has been included in multiple publications including Ceramics Monthly magazine and Five Hundred Figures in Clay by Lark Press. Angelique has also been awarded multiple ‘Best in Show’ awards including Ceramics Annual of America in San Francisco juried by Suzanne Baiserman curator at the Oakland Museum of Art. Brickner was the winner of Van Der Plas Gallery’s 2015 open call, Anthology. Her current. Solo exhibition Transparent Barriers: Phobias seeks to palpate the barriers created in intimate relationships by fear.
Of her work for this exhibition, Brickner says, “ I am interested in the capacity of the human figure in art to relay and express these various psychological states, and it is my goal to have these compositions probe into the various psychological responses of the human experience to the fears that determine so much about our perceptions of what is true. I am fascinated by the impact our fears have on our inability to ‘see’ others and ourselves clearly.”
Much of Brickner’s work can be traced back to her youth in the Texas panhandle, and the isolation she felt growing up there. In this state of isolation, Bricker sought respite in her mother’s coffee table books filled with the works of famous artists. She would copy their works over and over. Through this practice she became deeply inspired by Egon Schiele and Oskar Kokoshka. This education by exclusion has remains extant within her portfolio.