Britni Mara, is a visual artist living and working in Chicago. She graduated in 2013 from Bradley University with a BFA in Studio Art. She did post-graduate work abroad at the Siena Art Institute in Siena, Italy in 2014 and has been passionately creating fine art ever since.
For Britni, manufacturing work that embodies meaning is the purpose of creating. She is truly in love with abstraction and incites thought in her abstract work by altering her mediums. Britni has created several different bodies of abstract artwork in the last decade. Each body of work, a new medium, a new topic.
In 2014, while living in Italy, Britni noticed a cultural shift in the way women were viewed. From this observation she built “The Cosmetic Series”. For several years Britni painted with only beauty products. The intention - spark conversation about the pressure women feel to wear makeup in the U.S. largely due to the way it’s marketed.
At some point in 2017, Britni’s work shifted towards a more sustainable art practice. She began creating paintings from entirely edible, natural ingredients like beets, teas, turmeric, and avocado pits. She developed “The Natural Series” over the last several years. She created her own technique for making “paint” loosely off of natural dying processes. The artist has taught workshops and sold her natural work in a variety of cities across the U.S.
More recently Britni’s work has circled back to feminism. As a feminist, she is interested in discussing sexuality, self-sexualizing and positive body image. She photographs herself and other women in the nude or close to it. She then venerates these photos by painting on them. To read more about this work click here.
Britni’s work is never narrowed in. It has always been rather expansive and explorative. She believes a curious mind is the key to creativity. Her work is never isolated into one loftily intellectual body. She embraces her inspirations as they come.
The artist pursues these creative inspirations while sustaining her business through commissioned work.
2014 Siena Art Institute-Siena, Italy- Post-Bachelorette Certificate (Candidate)
2013 Bradley University- BFA Studio Art, Concentration: Painting
2021 Britni Mara at Gallery Café Chicago, Solo Exhibition, Chicago IL
2021 The Other Art Fair, Group Show, Brooklyn NY
2021 4th Annual Midwest Open, Woman Made Gallery, Group Show, Chicago IL
2020 Roosevelt Collection Exhibition, Group Show, Chicago IL
2019-2018 Britni Mara at Cryo Chicago, Solo Exhibition, Chicago IL
2018 The Other Art Fair Inaugural Year, Chicago IL