Meet the Artist: Brittney Boyd Bullock

Memphian Brittney Boyd Bullock is a visual artist, textile designer, and leather smith. Her bold, declarative work is informed by her interest in social change and community engagement. In addition to her own dedicated studio practice, Bullock’s passion is finding creative and artistic solutions to social problems in underserved communities. She serves as the Director of Youth Programs for the Memphis Music Initiative, where she works to build relationships with young people and foster youth-led programming.

Brittney Boyd Bullock, Reminders Series, 2020; mixed media; courtesy of the artist

Bullock’s two-dimensional mixed media works are hybrids of monotype, stitching, and photocollage, inspired by a glossary of visuals gleaned from Black print culture of the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s. Large-scale three-dimensional compositions that incorporate facets of assemblage, fiber arts, and textile design complement Bullock’s vibrant creations on paper.

Brittney Boyd Bullock, Signs & Wonders, 2020; mixed media; courtesy of the artist

Signs & Wonders is an example of Bullock’s three-dimensional fiber art. While the work is mostly made of yarn, she also incorporates parachute cord, pipe cleaners, zip ties, nylon thread, hairbows, and beads into the composition. Through layered adornments, tactile imagery, and accessible materials used to unconventional effect, Bullock’s works mine the tension between searching and finding, and lightness, and darkness. Contemplative and personal, Bullock’s process is a meditation on the pursuit of something greater and a celebration of that journey.

Bullock was scheduled to show her work in the Mallory/Wurtzburger Galleries before the museum closed in Spring 2020. We look forward to seeing her exhibition at a future date. 

(left) Brittney Boyd Bullock, Prom Queen, 2020; mixed media; courtesy of the artist

Posted by Kristen Rambo at 7:00 AM
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