Brittany Hayden (USA)

The Mill. 2016. Charcoal and Pastel on Paper. New York

A few months ago I started experimenting with photography and bringing my drawings to life and I feel that this environment will help to inspire my photographs.

I’ve hit a point where I’m really in love with my work and where it’s going and I just want to give my pieces my undivided attention. I’m going into this residency with an open mind but with an expectation to leave a more confident artist. I want to be someone that never doubts her profession and to be surrounded by others that have a passion for the same things I do and push me to become better.

I hope to leave here with new and fresh ideas for my work and a new found inspiration to create something different.

Untitled. Graphite and Colored Pencil on Transparent Paper. 9×12″

Brittany is a graduate from the University of North Texas with her BFA in Drawing and Painting.

Brittany focuses on the mental and physical state of the human body, because she’s constantly fascinated by the way it bends, twists and moves and how much pressure, stress, and physical damage we can put our bodies through.

As a child she was blind to the fact that her mother was mentally unstable and a drug addict. Drugs ate away at the spontaneous bright personality that her mother had and turned the two into strangers. These emotions are echoed into Brittany’s work as she breaks down and disguises the figure so they are recognized as the human form but the viewer feels no personal connection to the subject.