While Val Britton's work is astounding, I have to note that her artist statement is really, really incredible. It makes me want to get to know this chick. She says her art was originally a way to connect to a father she lost who worked as a cross-country truck driver.
"These mixed media abstractions map not only physical locations but also psychological and emotional spaces. I work in an explorative mode, employing the abstract space of the map to create a pliable structure for intuition, improvisation and chance. Connecting paper fragments together through collage, drawing, painting, staining, printing, stitching and cutting paper have become my methods for navigating the blurry terrain of memory and imagination. "
I love the way that this last one reminds me of current maps at the North Carolina Aquarium I visited in my childhood. Val Britton's work is completely beautiful in so many ways, I hope you'll take a minute to peruse her site found here.