Presents: The Arrivals
Artist Reception | October 26th 5:30PM - 7:30PM
Artist Talk | November 8th 5:30 - 6:30
On View | October 17th - November 25th, 2023
“I sometimes joke that motherhood is the last taboo in contemporary art.”
-Jori Finkle, From Artist and Mother
My art practice heavily revolves around what I encounter in life. Although, I never envisioned myself making work about motherhood. In 2018 while attending my grandmother’s funeral I found out I was pregnant. The timing of these two events felt cosmically connected. A person’s departure means another’s arrival. To say the phrase “full circle” was used emphatically is an understatement.
The Arrival examines the life altering complexities that come with motherhood. Complexities such as: the passing of traditions, constructing home, navigating all-nighters, growth charts, feeding schedules, all while trying to reconcile an identity crisis of being a mother and artist. Departing from who I was without a child, and arriving to who I am now as mother.
In this body of work, I use photography and printmaking techniques that make multiples or used processes that can be replicated. I also worked with cyanotypes, one of the first photographic processes used to produce copies, or blueprints. This process helps me to reference the beginning of my children’s life, but also a human coming from someone else, a copy of the original. Full circle.
Brittney Denham is a multidisciplinary artist, born in California and raised in Wyoming. She received an MFA at The Ohio State University in 2012, and is currently Gallery Director and Assistant Professor of Photography and Printmaking at Sheridan College in Wyoming. Her work has been exhibited nationally, including most recent The Arrival: Works by Brittney Denham, at COS Gallery in Visalia California.