My abstracted depictions and landscapes are rooted in my feelings of uncertainty and apprehension, but I hope they also embody my belief in our collective ability to persevere, and eventually find balance. Generally I work in series, creating artworks that explore particular ideas and concepts mined from a wide range of topics. My drawings and paintings are created with calligraphic marks and abstractly painted shapes made from ink, markers and paint. My sculptural works incorporate a diverse spectrum of materials, both natural and man-made, including branches, wood, metal, and glass. Generally I work in series, creating artworks that explore particular ideas and concepts mined from a wide range of topics.
Black and Blue was shown at Boxheart Gallery in Pittsburgh in spring of 2017. Here's a quote from the gallery's press release about the show: "January 2017 exploded into being. It bombarded everyone and everything with chaos, and revealed an apparently universal contempt. On all sides feelings of being battered followed, and Barritt found herself wanting to escape this hostile world. Her desire to flee manifested into artistic depictions of looming threats, but it also found refuge in improbable, far away lands. The need for safety morphed into drawings of unlikely protectors and guardians. Black and blue are the colors darkness, of bruises, and of sadness, but they are also the colors of strength and open sky. Barritt's series Black and Blue expresses her feelings of uncertainty and apprehension, but it also embodies a belief in our collective ability to persevere, and eventually find balance."
The Explorer, depicts my visions of the denizens, landscapes and wonders encountered through quests and discovery, both factual and fanciful. 2016.
Lost Empire examines the chaotic and unpredictable nature of the environment as it evolves through a process of transformation and dissolution. 2013 - 2016
Siege, a series of mostly black and white works which depict physical and metaphorical landscapes under attack from friend and foe. 2012 - 2013
The abstracted, singular scenes in the Ever Ever series considers how our personal spaces, stories, and rituals are dependent not only on our environment, but also our perceptions at any given moment. This series was created in response to my residency with the University Musical Society. 2014 - 2015.
In Swarms the landscape is subordinate to the flocks, schools and swarming masses surging over it. 2013 - 2014
Bird Hills depicts trees and the ebb and flow of what water and people leave behind in a natural environment. This series is inspired by the urban forest near my current home and my memories of the tamarack swamp near where I grew up. It was created specifically for Natural Notations, my solo exhibition at River Centre Gallery in 2015.
Sculpture. I think my sculptural works as “excerpts,” as most of the them are not directly related to a specific series. Towers free-stand on the floor; Tabletops are smaller. Ongoing
I was born in Carlton, Minnesota and received a BA in Art from Macalester College. I have shown my work nationally, including exhibitions at Box Heart Gallery (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania), Site:Brooklyn (Brooklyn, New York), Dab Art (Ventura, California) and the Alexandria Museum (Alexandria, Louisiana). In 2014 I was selected as one of the first Visual Artists in Residence with the University of Michigan Musical Society. I live and work in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
I am represented by Box Heart Gallery in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Private Drawing Lessons
I conduct private drawing lessons in my studio to both adults and children. See my Teaching page for more information.