Britt Freda paints conceptual questions in layered wings of pollinating insects, dissolving animals, or abstract seeds. The subjects of Britt's paintings are the focal point for her questions about humanity and our relationship to nature. She holds degrees in fine art and writing from St. Lawrence University. She also studied at Lorenzo de' Medici Institute of Art in Florence, Italy, under South African artists Rose Shakinovsky and Claire Gavronsky. Born and raised in the mountains of Colorado and New Mexico, Britt currently lives on Vashon Island, Washington. Her work is in galleries in Jackson Hole, Wyoming; Santa Fe, New Mexico, Tulsa, Oklahoma and Scottsdale, Arizona.
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I am a contemporary painter focusing on environmental impact, endangered species and social equality issues. I am interested in the social impact of art. Art inspires, and cultivates innovation and science. And, circuitously, science and innovation inspire art. As we build our future it is essential that we design from a foundation where compassion, science, innovation and art intersect. Why art? Our attraction to beauty is part of our humanity. It connects us. Beauty can restore dignity and hope. Art has the power to unite.
This year, in 2018, I am swirling in a thematic, conceptual exploration of courage. Is this the age of the heart? When considering vast complexities of our environmental impact, endangered species and the intersectionality of social justice of this era it is critical that we navigate via our hearts. Oh, and on this journey, we’ll need to source some bravery too. I have children. When I gaze toward an imagined future, clean my lenses and check my compass it reads: “Courage, Mama! Proceed bravely. Proceed with heart.”
These days with a big, steamy cup of courage on my palette table and compass in hand, I stand at my easel and embark on a journey to explore beauty and loss and love and destruction and compassion and extinction and humanity and connection and racism and sexism and bravery and fear and brilliance and my own ugly stuff through graphite, paint, sweat and tears. When I paint an image of girls courageously persevering in pursuit of educations or recently extinct rhinos, endangered lions or elephants or dying bees, I paint in overlapping layers and dis•solving abstraction. Greater truth is revealed in the layers of raw notes, scratches and sketches and embedded letters, seed pods, articles or music. Eventually all the pieces and “voices” are wrapped in organic patterns and layers of paint. While the complex layers of beliefs and science and economics and culture are conceptual in my paintings, to be a successful, communicative work of art, it must be visceral. While my work, alone, may not inspire global compassion or move a collective consciousness, together we can. We must each source enough courage to make our own brilliant, humane hearts heard. Our future depends on it. It always has.