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Meet Britni Mara

Today we’d like to introduce you to Britni Mara.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
Growing up I always had a pen, or a paintbrush in my hand. In high-school I was “that artsy kid”. When it came time to pursue a career, I chose what I knew. I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Bradley University in 2013 and followed up with some post-graduate work at the Siena Art Institute in Siena, Italy. My education gave me a solid foundation and appreciation for this way of life. It taught me how to create meaningful, lasting artwork, and for that I am extremely thankful.

It’s always been important to me to create bodies of work that say something to the viewer. When I returned home from studying abroad, I moved to Chicago where I decided to truly chase after my dream. Four years later, I’m the closest I’ve ever been to making that dream come true. I am living in the city, working from a home studio, making culturally relevant abstract artwork that people want to purchase, and hang in their homes. The grind has been tough, but I wake up and do something I LOVE every single day. I couldn’t be happier.

Please tell us about your art.
One new train of thought is all it takes to provoke measurable change. As artists, we are social leaders whom are bestowed the responsibility of documenting history as the unrelenting truth that it is. We are rapidly destroying our one and only home here on Earth. Mother Nature has never been more furious with us. As technology advances and new chemicals are created, we are losing sight of the most beautiful gift we’ve been given: the world around us.

As a reminder of this gift, the artwork I create is derived from completely natural products. I extract my “paint” pigments from food sources you can find at a local grocery store. My kitchen has become my studio. I boil, bake, chop, blend and strain an array of foods, detaching them from their fibrous material, and using them on a canvas.

This new series is still in the beginning stages but aims to promote and document a shift in perspective. We preach change, carry vegan leather, eat clean, recycle, and still use toxic chemicals to make art. We do not need turpentine or spray paint. We simply need the vegetation found around us. The simplistic beauty that surrounds us every day can now be seen on a canvas; illuminating the natural colors found all around us and bringing light what we may one day destroy.

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing artists today?
Art is a luxury to own. There’s a balancing act between making sure you as an artist are getting paid for your specialty, just as an engineer, or an accountant would – and creating affordable artwork. I believe more people are growing to appreciate the art world, which will be instrumental in shaping the next generation of creative souls.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
Purchasing artwork is THE BEST way to support an artist. When you purchase a painting, you’re purchasing the hard work, the education, the struggle, the thought process behind that one canvas. It’s so meaningful and beautiful choosing to hang something in your home with that sort of power behind it. This new body of work can be seen in person at Tapster Chicago, on North Ave. in Wicker Park through the month of June.
Instagram handle: @britnimara

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