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Carolyn Reed Barritt

Through line, shape, and structure, Carolyn Reed Barritt investigates character and place, creating narratives and identities that often effect each other. With art that fluctuates between painting, drawing, and sculpture, Barritt combines disparate, yet individually familiar elements to form new, off-balance realities. Her abstracted depictions and landscapes are created with marks made from ink, markers, and paint. Her sculptural works incorporate a diverse spectrum of materials, both natural and man-made, including sticks, wood, metal, and glass. Generally she works in series, creating artworks that explore particular ideas and concepts mined from a wide range of topics.


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.


Born in Carlton Minnesota, Barritt received her BA from Macalester College in St. Paul Minnesota in 1985. Her work has been exhibited nationally, including at Site: Brooklyn (New York), Dab Art (Ventura California) and the Alexandria Museum, (Alexandria Louisiana). In 2014 she was selected as one of the first Visual Artists in Residence at the University of Michigan Musical Society. She lives and works in Ann Arbor, Michigan.


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