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Brittany M. Reid | When The Germs Came


When The Germs Came | Brittany M. Reid (b. 1986, Rochester, NY) 

24cm x 25cm (10" x 9.5"), digital print from original collage on aluminium dibond.


Brittany M. Reid was born and raised in Rochester, NY where she studied Psychology and Fine Arts at St. John Fisher College and SUNY Brockport. Her earlier work in photography and painting focuses on finding comfort in nature and in close relationships with others. She was deeply influenced by frequent trips to art galleries with her mother as a child and had an interest in astronomy from a young age.

She currently still resides in Rochester where she works primarily in analog collage using source material from the 80's and 90's to create surreal pieces that evoke feelings of nostalgia. Although relatively new to collage, she has been more prolific in this medium than any other. In 2020 alone she has produced over 100 pieces and been part of 3 exhibits. She also leads the #blackcollagesmatter movement within Instagram, an ongoing call to collage artists that asks them to create and submit pieces that center Black subjects to increase Black visibility in the collage community. Along with this project, she is collaborating with {th ink} publication to release a special edition #blackcollagesmatter issue to showcase artists who have participated in the call.

Artist Statement:

I am obsessed with space, dedicated to the four elements, and inspired by the 80's and 90's aesthetic. The entire process of analog collage is therapeutic for me. Armed with tiny scissors and used books and magazines, getting that perfect cut is an act of catharsis. I let my childhood memories, experiences as a queer, Black woman, and life as a mother dictate much of my work. Overarching themes you might come across in my collages include humans' complicated relationship with nature, the macrocosm vs. the microcosm, and the power of the female experience.

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