Close Look:

Maria Britton at My Room in Chapel Hill

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Working free from square painting supports and utilizing bed sheets as her primary surface, Britton makes work that spans painting, sculpture, and textiles. With the works included in Soft Storage, Britton ruminates on the strength and vitality found in emotionally complex and ephemeral qualities typically associated with the feminine. Britton’s works are influenced by clothing construction, bodily orifices, curtains, windows, sails, and portals. Understanding the functional language of fabric allows Britton to utilize its strength and flexibility. Fabric’s grid becomes a guiding compass of sorts. 

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Maria Britton: Soft Storage is on view at My Room in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, through August 31.

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