Contact me at brittNEYfrantece@gmail.com
I'm a pro-Black, non-binary femme essayist, visual artist, and instructor.
My work is centered around concepts of speculation, phantasm, shadows, the not-quite-here, and so on. I consider what it means to try and escape an imperial reality that constantly puts our bodies in close proximity to impossibility, to death. I consider what it looks like to build another world that serves as an asylum when we need to escape, if only for a moment.
In my visual craft (printmaking and illustrations, mostly), I create works that are obscure, in one way or another. I offer visual demonstrations of how I conceptualize an other realm for myself, either by showing what I have seen, as is the case with Who Is She?, or how it has altered my way of thinking, as with From My Experience. I call what I offer relics from the other world. Gifts from my imagination to yours.
In my teaching, I encourage students to venture out of what they have considered “normal” when they are creating their own texts, written or otherwise. These worlds that we engulf ourselves within teach us how we think; they imbue our ideas. It’s important to break down and articulate where these ideas are coming from and who are they serving. To do this, we may have to break out of preconceived notions of creation (or composition, if you prefer) and enter into something new. We must be rule-breakers. My pedagogical commitments extend from my belief that students (as one myself) understand conceptual categories when they (we) are exposed to a variety of creative and intellectual mediums; therefore, I practice and encourage multimodal and multi-disciplinary work.
In my scholarship, I study the ways in which other creative thinkers offer an alternative world with alternative underlying assumptions, codes, signifiers, and ways of thinking/ communicating. All of these are alterations, altered from the here and now, if you will. And they serve as a foundation to a condition of living for those who live in the alternative world, the environment that is operated by alternative logics. In other words, I study the “grammar,” in the post-structuralist sense, of alternative worlds.
With my projects I ask: How does this work reveal an alternative, underlying set of logic (grammar) that cultivates a time/space/place continuum that is alternative to (or even opposes) our “real world” continuum? And because of this alternative logic, what is made possible/what can be found in this world that is not possible/not found in our current reality?
I’m open to collaborating with other artists, researchers, organizations, etc., who feel like we have complementary goals and missions. Here's my UW profile where you can find the courses I teach, my CV, and the position that I currently hold!