Val Britton makes immersive, collaged works on paper that draw on the language of maps.
The impetus for this body of work was my longing to connect to my father, a truck driver who drove eighteen-wheelers across the country; he died when I was a teenager. Based on road maps of the United States, routes my father often traveled, and an invented conglomeration, mutation, and fragmentation of those passageways, my works on paper help me piece together the past and make up the parts I cannot know.
all works by Val Britton
i’ve been holding out on listening to the new Bon Iver album because i’ve been hearing so much about it online and fear a bit of a build up / let down situation. the same thing happens when i constantly hear about an amazing film, then usually end up only seeing it a year later when all the fuss has died down. i’m sure that the album is amazing and i have nothing to worry about… but, you know, it technically only drops on 21 june. sooo. let’s talk about it then shall we?
unsurprisingly i immediately fell in love with the cover art of both the album and the lead single Calgary, which was created by artist Gregory Euclide (who had been personally commissioned by frontman Justin Vernon). Meighan has a great interview with Gregory over at My Love For You which i urge you to read if you want to know more about his process. it’s also incredibly awesome to see an artist who so readily shares his work & process online – you can explore all his work over at his flickr, and watch his videos documenting the making of his pieces on youtube.
Mylar Sedum and Geranium trees, found foam, new foam, what was, memory, taken over by and altered by the new.
Pine Cone Lichen, Sedum trees, built up and buried, found foam, La Grange.
Mylar sky, absence, streetlight pole trees.
Decayed photo transfer, the haze of summer, the life of birds.
Torn paper, Isolation, Defense, the nest of something
Environments is a book of photographs documenting studio spaces of eleven creative people, most of them working in and around Melbourne. the photography is by the talented Olga Bennett with interviews by Sarah Caldwell. you can buy the book here along with beautiful prints of the individual spaces.
i know most people call artists by their surnames, but i would really like it if everyone referred to dürer as albrecht. it really suits his work, i think. i was just having a wee browse today and realised how much his stuff cheers me up – even though (probably because) most of it is remarkably wack looking. that’s probably not the best word to describe dürer (albrecht) … but it would be nice if art theorists used it now and then.
wing of a roller (too beautiful)
young hare (everyone’s favourite)
still life is not my usual fare, but i make an exception for henri fantin-latour whose darkly hued flower paintings have always captivated me.
all henri fantin-latour images courtesy of the athenaeum
the work of heather smith jones makes me want to break out my dusty & little used watercolours immediately.
you know, i swear a LOT in real life. i first spotted Fumio Watanabe‘s work on Kistina’s tumblr, and when i clicked through to his portfolio i actually said, out loud, “fucking hell.” i try to keep things clean on the blog because i know a lot of people don’t appreciate swearing (apologies for all the trash talk) – but i have to be honest with you, his work is so fucking mind blowing i consequently swore more than usual. but in a good way… a great way!
and it’s not digital guys – these are painted! either acrylic or gouache, i’m not sure (lots of japanese to google translate)
Email me to find out about my rates:
diana @ missmoss.co.za
diana @ missmoss.co.za
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