Brittany Canales (b. 1999, El Paso, Texas) currently lives and works in Austin, Texas. Canales is a recent graduate of The University of Texas at Austin with BFA in Visual Art Studies with a minor in Arts Management and Administration. She has exhibited her work at The El Paso International Museum of Art (2017), and has an existing mural at El Dorado High School in El Paso, Texas. Her work was included in the 2021 UT Art and Art History Research Week Exhibition and the 2021 UT Senior Art Exhibition. Canales’s artwork, educational work and publications can be found at her artist website www.brittanycanales.com and her artist instagram @missbwittart.
Artist Statement: Brittany Canales uses printmaking, drawing, painting, sculptural, and digital processes in an attempt to visually describe her internal reflections and their relation to the outside world—typically through surrealist or illustrative imagery. The illustrative visuals in her work function as symbols for underlying ideas and emotions expressed (sometimes indirectly) in the work. Produced during this current life-altering era, her most recent body of work encapsulates the deeply personal, transformative feelings and conditions that have resulted from this shared moment of change. This work creates a surrealistic universe that is visually, experientially, and symbolically performative. Connected through shared imagery, Canales’s imaginative spaces create a mysterious, subtle surrealism that reinforces an artist’s ability to express narratives in unorthodox and obscured ways.