artist statement 2018 •
COUR•AGE 

This year I have been swirling in a thematic, conceptual exploration of cour•age: the age of heart.  Last year I painted about love, the big hearts of giraffes and ultimately how much courage, how much heart (and humility),  it takes to love.  When considering vast complexities of our environmental impact, endangered species and the intersectionality of social justice of this era it feels critical that we navigate even those prickly landscapes with brave hearts. 

My own environmental scars know sexism and misogyny, trauma and fear, disappointment and grief.  I am a mother, a partner, a daughter, a sister, a friend, but when I gaze toward an imagined future my children are my compass. That compass reads: “Courage, Mama! Proceed bravely with integrity and hope.  Proceed with heart. Be the change you wish to see in the world."

With all of those dark historical threads woven between some brilliant vibrant ones, the contrast can be exquisite!

 

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I hope each of us asks this question often: what is environmental impact?  And what is my environmental impact? Sometimes, my subjects are endangered species and extinction. Sometimes they are about climate change. Sometimes I focus my gaze on bees or social (in)equality and education. And sometimes environmental impact is, intimately, about the landscapes of internal darkness, that which is hidden underneath: vulnerability, fragility, fear, trauma, uncertainty, loss, humanity, courage, connection and love—of place, of animals, of self, of people we care about.   Environmental impact is melting icecaps and hugging a tender-hearted, teary child.  Environmental impact is prioritizing the people you love with kisses and fat hugs and prioritizing voting and recycling and consuming conscientiously.  Environmental impact is renewable energy: the sun, wind and water.  ALSO RENEWABLE ENERGY is: love, laughter, inclusion, compassion and education. 

06/05/2018

As a contemporary painter focused 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.  When wielded well, art reaches inside, beyond words or explanations or cerebral data points. Inside, felt by the gut or the heart,beauty reaches beyond race or gender or socioeconomics or orientation or religion or politics.  From a visceral, emotional place, art inspires people to care. Only when people care, when they feel emotionally connected, are they compelled to question, to learn, to grow, to change, to take action. 

12/11/2017

“What if sex was holy and war was obscene.  And it wasn’t twisted, what a wonderful dream” – Alicia Keys, Holy War.  In a time of warring ideas, sexism, racism, fascism, ism, ism, ism… in a time of historical mass exodus, the ever present threat of nuclear war, the temperamental wrath of climate change and extensions I, like so many, wonder what the heck is the antidote, the ballast? When I talk or write about my paintings, from my lightly used soapbox for introverts, I fervently espouse that it is essential to compel a person to love something before they’ll risk what it takes to defend it. If you are familiar with my work, you know I’ve devoted many, many years (wearing: the Lorax superhero costume under my clothes) focusing on endangered species as well as threatened environments and beings. 
"Patagonia and the Creative Action Network aim to create a new activist collection of political protest posters to communicate Patagonia’s belief that our country’s economy, security and future are wholly dependent on a healthy environment and urging all of us to take action and vote to protect our planet. Born out of The Canary Project, CAN, and Patagonia’s Vote The Environment campaign of 2014, #voteourplanet is inviting artists & designers across the country to use their talents for our planet." - Creative Action Network read more to learn the why of the bee.
"Patagonia and the Creative Action Network aim to create a new activist collection of political protest posters to communicate Patagonia’s belief that our country’s economy, security and future are wholly dependent on a healthy environment and urging all of us to take action and vote to protect our planet. Born out of The Canary Project, CAN, and Patagonia’s Vote The Environment campaign of 2014, #voteourplanet is inviting artists & designers across the country to use their talents for our planet." - Creative Action Network click to read more about the why of the whale image.
"Patagonia and the Creative Action Network aim to create a new activist collection of political protest posters to communicate Patagonia’s belief that our country’s economy, security and future are wholly dependent on a healthy environment and urging all of us to take action and vote to protect our planet. Born out of The Canary Project, CAN, and Patagonia’s Vote The Environment campaign of 2014, #voteourplanet is inviting artists & designers across the country to use their talents for our planet." - Creative Action Network

05/26/2016

My paintings have been influenced by a lifelong fascination, awe and reverence for the natural world. Michele Corriel, Art & Architecture, 2014 wrote "[Britt Freda’s paintings] ask us to travel not only the roads we see but the ones we’ve lost along the way.”  While my subjects are rooted in realism, the closer the viewer gets one will discover my surfaces are regularly imbedded with etched words, statistics, poems, maps or seedpods. The elements that are layered between patterns of color are usually circuitously referential of environmental elements (seed pods, petals, cellular structures...).

ARTIST STATEMENT

artist statement 2018 •
COUR•AGE 

This year I have been swirling in a thematic, conceptual exploration of cour•age: the age of heart.  Last year I painted about love, the big hearts of giraffes and ultimately how much courage, how much heart (and humility),  it takes to love.  When considering vast complexities of our environmental impact, endangered species and the intersectionality of social justice of this era it feels critical that we navigate even those prickly landscapes with brave hearts. 

My own environmental scars know sexism and misogyny, trauma and fear, disappointment and grief.  I am a mother, a partner, a daughter, a sister, a friend, but when I gaze toward an imagined future my children are my compass. That compass reads: “Courage, Mama! Proceed bravely with integrity and hope.  Proceed with heart. Be the change you wish to see in the world."

With all of those dark historical threads woven between some brilliant vibrant ones, the contrast can be exquisite!