Maria Britton

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Studio Building
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Artwork
Fuss, acrylic on hand sewn and stretched floral bed sheet, 58" x 54", 2013
Fuss (detail)
Shab, acrylic on hand sewn and stretched floral bed sheet, 54" x 58", 2013
Flex, acrylic on hand sewn and stretched floral bed sheet, 58" x 54", 2013
Flex
Maria
Britton
Artist's Statement

From conception to death, the surface of a bed is a place where one both experiences and escapes reality, a physical connection between dreaming and waking life. In the studio I seek out homespun innovations to play up the materiality of the patterned sheets on which I have been painting for the past 10 years. Recently I have started to incorporate smocking, a form of embroidery, into my paintings which enables me to manipulate the surface of a sheet into a bumpy, textured, and patterned surface. Using washes and streaks of acrylic, I work intuitively and impulsively with brushes, sponges, and squeegees. While painting, I am compelled to conceal and reveal the dated floral patterns that I find simultaneously comforting and repulsive. The end result is a mishmash of painting and crafty techniques which transform the predictable patterns into wrinkled innovations.