Britt Conley is our November Featured Artist for Building 10! Conley’s solo exhibit, “The Conductor Envisioned,” runs November 9 through December 8. Reception will be held November 21. Learn more about Conley and her work below.
Britt is a synesthesic music-visualist who creates artistic works that visually represent music via personifying composers writing styles, concepts of the musical composition process or particular music pieces. She often collaborates with composers and musicians for event-based exhibitions.
Born in the mid-60s in Washington D.C., Britt began her drawing tutelage at an early age, and under the influence of her artist and conservator grandfather. She learned about sounds, touch and phrasings, of pianists and composers from her mother. During her musical upbringing, Britt was concerned with the color and feel of musical sounds. It was years before her family understood she had synesthesia.
Her early childhood experience informed her drive to visualize music. As a child, she found it frustrating that no one seemed to understand the colors in the air or that contemporary artist’s depictions of music didn’t seem to reflect her own experience. She began her philosophic quest for how to visually music before she was 6. It would take decades before she reached the full complexity of expression and visual potential of her own visual language.
Today, Britt’s visualized, musical personifications are changing audiences aural and visual expectations of music and art in addition to inciting new visual and aural experiences.
Britt holds a BA in Fine Arts from George Washington University, a MALS from Georgetown University, a certificate in Art History: History of Color from the University of Cambridge, UK International School, and an Associates in Photography from Northern Virginia Community College. Her studio resides in building 10 at The Workhouse Arts Center, just outside of Washington D.C., in Lorton, Virginia.