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Maria Britton
Carrboro, North Carolina

pages 54-55


I paint on old floral bed sheets, which are worn and faded from years of dreaming and washing. I find comfort in the predictability and familiarity of the floral patterns, but I also see these patterns as visual representations of tired but unquestioned traditions. In my work, the floral patterns are disrupted, restructured, and buried by my own improvisational visual language. From conception to death, the surface of a bed is a place where one both experiences and escapes reality, a physical link between dreaming and waking life. My paintings are meant to actively depict the excitement found in questioning examples of conformity and the potential found in sleep‚s disorienting ability to wipe away a person's physical location in time. But once the film of sleep has cleared, the predictable patterns of every day fall into place, reminding the sleeper of the present and all of its habits.




born: United States


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, MFA, 2007
Winthrop University, BFA, 2004

selected awards/honors

Full Fellowship, Vermont Studio Center, 2010
Ella Fountain Pratt Emerging Artists Grant, Durham Arts Council, 2009-2010
Joan Mitchell MFA Award Nominee, 2007

selected publications

New American Paintings; No. 82. Boston, MA: Open Studios Press, 2009

selected solo or two-person exhibits

Deep Sleep, Durham Arts Council, Durham, NC, 2009

selected group shows

L.A.S., Nightlight, Chapel Hill, NC, 2010
Friends and Family Show, The Scrap Exchange, Durham, NC, 2009
Re>Visit: 1, Rutledge Gallery, Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC, 2008
She Said, Durham Arts Place, Durham, NC, 2008


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