Maria Britton

My paintings on old patterned bed sheets explore themes of comfort and horror, memory and forgetting, and transformation and habit. From conception to death, the surface of a bed is a place where one both experiences and escapes reality, a physical connection between dreaming and waking life. Using needle and thread, I model shallow reliefs out of used, patterned bed sheets. While painting I work intuitively, often referring to remembered floral imagery and the folds and drapes of fabric.


Maria Britton was born in Florence, South Carolina. She earned her BFA from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina, and her MFA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She currently lives and works in New York City and Chapel Hill, where she is Co-Director of L.O.G. (Low Occupancy Gallery), an experimental art space.

Maria’s recent exhibitions include SOIL Gallery in Seattle, Washington; Harbor Gallery in New York, New York; Brooklyn Academy of Music in Brooklyn, New York; The Stephen & George Laundry Line in Ridgewood, Queens, New York; The Scrap Exchange in Durham, North Carolina; and Im Ersten in Vienna, Austria. She has participated in artist residencies through the Byrdcliffe Arts Colony in Woodstock, New York; Petrified Forest National Park in Petrified Forest, Arizona; and Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont. Her work has been featured in New American Paintings (#82).