Brandi Kruse grew up in Ypsilanti, Michigan and received her BS in Education at Central Michigan University with a focus on literature and photography. She moved to Portland, OR in 2008 where she taught high school art and English for eight years. In 2016, Kruse graduated with an MFA in Print Media from Pacific Northwest College of Art. She is drawn to photographing disruptions that seem unpredictable, though they likely happen every day. Cities give her great inspiration: structure and order is highlighted in architecture while glass and shadows provide the rupture in those systems. Her creative process begins with photography and language and manifests itself in prints and multimedia installations that serve as investigations into time, vulnerability, expectations and space. She is a teaching artist, exhibition preparator, jewelry designer, adjunct professor and co-founder of a writers’ collective that has been publishing zines under the name of KC since 2013. Kruse was awarded a residency at Caldera Arts Center in Sisters, OR in 2017 and Städelschule in Frankfurt, Germany in 2015. She has shown her work many places locally and abroad, including: Worksound International in Mexico City, MX; Paper Plane Gallery in Atlanta, GA; Lost Coast Culture Machine in Ft. Bragg, CA; The Bemis Building in Seattle, WA; Museum of Contemporary Craft, Pataphysical Society and Verge Gallery in Portland, OR.