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My name is Brittany! I’m a Houston artist that attended the Academy of art university. As a child, I was fascinated with the magic and wonders of space. With my body of work, I strive to en volk the nostalgic feelings of youth while also bringing attention to the disposable mentality of society such as out with the old and in with the new. Using obsolete iPads as a substrate, paper collage, found objects, acrylic paint, and mediums narratives of the planets are composted documenting a moment frozen in time. The iPads stand as a reminder that eventually they will be replaced as many paper sources have when they become obsolete. Moments as a child were experienced to the fullest because distractions weren’t prevalent. With my work, I strive to challenge the viewer to acknowledge our disposable mentality in hopes of cherishing the movement while in it instead of chasing fleeting moments when there gone.
Thank you for reading, Brittany
Today I took a field trip to the Houston Museum of fine arts! MFAH has everything from paintings to artifacts, and eclectic bodies of work. During this trip, I wanted to explore pre-Columbian artifacts since I've never seen them in person before. As of late, I've begun working on Aztec-inspired artworks that focus on abstract narratives. MFAH was my go-to stop to being my research where I could build inspiration from. I needed to learn about the mesoamerican's ideals on life, their God origins, and designs that were utilized in their artworks. My favorite design I have seen in the pre-Colombia room at the museum was The circled ridge patterns in the top of the head within an incense burner from Teotihuacan (image is shown below). Many designs observed during this trip will be utilized in future painting endeavors. Also, the designs will be added to a hieroglyphic section within my sketchbook for reference. If you are ever in Houston or haven't visited the Houston Fine arts museum it is defiantly a place to visit. Every Thursday general admission and parking is free!
This week I began another Aztec-themed painting. Using joint compound I applied a thin layer on top of my canvas to begin carving out my composition. After 24 hours of dry time, I began to paint on top of the compound. To my dismay, the added paint only wet the joint compound again removing details in the process. With the way the compound began to react to moisture, I concluded the best decision would be to scrap the painting and salvage the canvas. A medium and texture test will be made this week moving forward to avoid another mishap.
Last week I began a new artwork that explores the design aesthetics of the Aztec civilization. There is so much beauty in the mesoamerican culture but is overshadowed by their ideals of human sacrifice. Although the thought of sacrifice rituals is horrifying it shouldn’t overshadow the true beauty the civilization offers. With this new work of art, I wanted to integrate the artist's hand as it exists without erasing the initial mark as well as Aztec patterns and colors. Overall this project has taught me more about my art style as well as a future endeavor for more art series.
Brittany lives and works in Houston, Texas where she was born and raised. Growing up with a car artist father, and an educator mother she was taught to follow her dreams and accomplish her goals. Her experience in the art world has taught her to incorporate what she loves and what she knows to create innovative works of art.