"After wasting ten years of my life being miserable in corporate America, I took a leap of faith and left to pursue art full time. I am proud that I have finally started my journey to self-care and love, and on the way have opened myself up to love on a greater scale for the first time in my life."
The work Brittany Maldonado creates focuses on the resilience and power she sees in her fellow females. This collage-based artist channels her energy into cutting and perfectly placing every piece of paper. Maldonado strives to find the balance between allowing herself to get messy and not letting perfectionism restrict her creative freedom. Some pieces are influenced by terrible breakups and piecing herself back together. Pain, life, and an appreciation for the female form shines through in her work.
Maldonado was born and raised in the Bronx. She and her mother would sit side by side and draw together.
I was trying to draw a woman and couldn’t get it quite right. My mom helped me out, and drew a girl with curly hair, a bow, a shirt, a skirt, and ruffled socks. In retrospect, it was a very basic drawing, but I remember being in complete awe of her ability to draw it. I wanted to draw just like that. So funny that decades later most of my work has the female form as one of the main focal points.
All of Maldonado's work is mixed media, with a focus on collage. Her work utilizes acrylic, magazine paper, glue, cardboard, and found materials. She works to strategically cut and place each piece. Through this process she feels like she has the most control over her end product.
Growing up, Maldonado was heavily into Barbie dolls. Not only would she play with them, but she would constantly dress them up and put them on display in her room.
Maldonado creates in a huge empty room with one standing desk, a lot of natural light, and some music playing in the background. Painting brings her mind to a place of absolute stillness, pulling her into the present moment. Collage involves a lot of parts, and her work is usually sprawled out all over the floor. She will peruse the various materials until she finds the piece she wants to bring to her desk, allowing her to have control as she makes.
Maldonado prefers a varied day. She adventures as often as possible, to the extreme of jumping on a plane to a random part of the world, or going on a hike in upstate New York. Spending time outside is incredibly important to her, due to her true love of nature. As a New Yorker, Maldonado spends a lot of her days in museums, riding bikes, practicing yoga, and consuming all the vegan food she can find. She prefers to spend her time being as creative as possible.
While her days are for soaking up the sun, Maldonado uses her nights to create. Evenings are spent painting, writing, and reading.
Maldonado was the first person in her family to graduate from college. This inspiring artist states her glorious mantra for us:
As cliche as it sounds, I constantly remind myself that what is meant to be will be. Because I am a self-identified control freak, I try to control what happens in my life, which leads to disappointment when the universe has other plans. So it’s important for me to remember that what's meant for me will be for me. Have faith. Lead with love and not fear. Whatever it is that makes your heart smile, go do that.
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