We are pleased to announce Brittney Bender our August Featured Artist
Brittney Bender is a photographer, digital artist, and painter.
As an artist, I have felt compelled to restrict myself and maintain a safe distance from seeing myself as such. I felt at times that my art may be considered well done, but never considered a true result of talent. I have come to love each part of my identity, but that doesn’t mean I don’t still struggle with any of it. Being an artist and a feminist comes with the belief that I must always be carrying a responsibility on my shoulders to be the ultimate activist or the best artist, sometimes sacrificing one for the other. This collection isn’t simply my own struggles or only pieces I consider my best, but it is both. My life will never be simple. No life is ever simple and we each carry pieces of our identity with us. Sometimes we see others with struggles much different than our own and don’t know how to react or what to do.
The title of the collection comes from a term I see often used in articles and captions, disparity, and I often think of the great divide between privilege and oppression when reading it. In the collection, each piece either reflects a part of my own identity that is shared in this or is of an identity that is passed over when the media headlines fade away.