Val Britton creates immersive, collaged works on paper and site-specific installations that explore physical and psychological spaces. Maps provide a symbolic landscape, visually mimicking pathways, systems, neural synapses and unseen networks, illuminating the spaces in between and giving tangible form to meditative experiences. Her fragmented, exploded landscapes draw on the cartographic language to explore memory, imagination and the possibilities of abstraction.
Val Britton was born in Livingston, New Jersey. She received her B.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design and her M.F.A. from California College of the Arts. A recipient of the Pollack-Krasner Foundation Grant and the Fleishhacker Foundation Eureka Fellowship, she has participated in residencies and fellowships including the Affiliate Program at Headlands Center for the Arts, Recology, Millay Colony for the Arts, Kala Art Institute, the Golden Foundation, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, and Ucross. She has exhibited her work nationally including recent solo exhibitions at the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, Foley Gallery, and Gallery Wendi Norris, and an upcoming solo museum show at Purdue University. Her work is in the permanent collections of the San Jose Museum of Art, the de Saisset Museum, Facebook, the Cleveland Clinic, the Library of Congress, and the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts at the Legion of Honor.
Britton was commissioned by the San Francisco Arts Commission to create a permanent piece for the San Francisco International Airport, which opened to the public in 2015. She lives and works in San Francisco and is represented by Gallery Wendi Norris.