I am a third generation artist; my grandmother was a printmaker, my mother is an art therapist/ mixed media artist, and my father is a designer.
I received my Bachelors in Interdisciplinary Fine Art from NSCAD University. Upon graduation, I established a small ceramic co-op in Ghana, West Africa. I received Master’s of Applied Art from Emily Carr.
My work brings a strong aesthetic and material based practice into the realm of social justice. I use weaving, ceramics, performativity and process as manifestations to expand the discourses of textile and political art.
Local, industrial, and indigenous materials are explored in in my work in relationship to their places of origin and the connotations they carry. Organic shapes, texture, and a plethora of details in the work allow meandering investigations by the viewer and creates art that continually changes. Touch, texture and the handmade are explored in relationship to the maker and the performance of making. Strong aesthetic and decorative elements in the work are employed to subvert traditional occidental devaluation of these elements particularly in relation to craft materials and women’s work.
Through the lens of social justice and intersectionality, my work investigates borders, refugees, globalism and colonization in relation to textiles and makers. I use the relationship of textiles to social justice to create a working method in which to start my material explorations. Through connection to materials and ancient practices, I aim to challenge global hegemonic capitalism, championing the value of makers.
CONTACT ME: britta at fluevog dot com