We had the good fortune of connecting with Brittany Noriega and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brittany, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
My primary goal in life is to help others. I have this calling deep in my heart, and being in love with the arts and art history is a close second. I’ve been a life long artist but never believed anything professional would come of it. I began doing some reading and research as a stay at home mom, and I started reaching out locally and getting involved with galleries and professionals in my area. I realized that I can utilize my artistic talents to create change and help others, to build and strengthen my community, and I will never look back.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My paintings are all about the balance of life, good and bad, life and death, the full cycle. I don’t often paint anything beautiful and positive without a little something negative or “bad” mixed in (or vice versa!). That’s the truth of life and I enjoy exploring it. I love nature and I have always loved the human form, so I combine and layer the two in most of my paintings. I like to work through emotions in my work, and my current series is a deep dive into surviving and growing through abuse and trauma, using my own experiences as a guide. I know that even though these experiences are my own, they are all too common and I hope that others can connect with and appreciate that. My first solo show was set for October of this year, but Covid-19 has really thrown the world for a loop, and it’s been pushed back full year. It will be October 2021 – January 2022.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
When friends visit KC some of the best spots I take them include: – The City Market – a diverse group of vendors, shops and restaurants that never disappoints. You can take our street car (free!) to check out the downtown area and stop at City Market to eat and relax. – The Nelson-Atkins Art Museum – an extensive collection of art from around the globe. They also provide classes, workshops, hold festivals and other community programs. – The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum – a privately funded, non profit organization dedicated to preserving and celebrating the rich history of African-American baseball, not only in Kansas City, but in America. – W 39th St – this fun little area has everything I love. Food from around the globe, fun local shops and book stores, parks close by and art (shout out to the Smalter Gallery!). You can’t beat it. My favorite restaurants in KC are: – Poi-O – The best wood-fired chicken in KC and the most amazing sides, including elote, kimchi fried rice and lemon roasted potatoes. – Gates BBQ – You can’t come to KC without having some BBQ. Gates is one of the best and oldest local BBQ restaurants, opening the original restaurant in 1946. – ABC Cafe – The best little Chinese restaurant I’ve ever been to. Family owned, authentic and fresh.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My husband, who not only supports my career but always has valuable input and ideas. My close friends Sandra and Omar Trejo, who may not realize it, but gave the the initial push to pursue a career in the arts. The Kansas City Artist Coalition and the Kansas City Women in the Arts Networking Group, without these groups I’d have no foothold or idea where to go or what steps to take. They are vital assets in the Kansas City arts community.