Brittany Williams

MFA | Studio


I was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and grew up in Scottsdale, Arizona. I completed my Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Arizona and is about to finish up my Master of Fine Arts degree in photography for the Spring of 2020. My work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, most recently in an exhibition titled Immersion at the Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Garden in Galway, Ireland, where I attended a month-long residency. For my work, I have always been interested in giving form and tangibility to the invisible, whether it is an emotion or a memory through constructed photography and video. For my current work and concerns, I am inspired by the spatial and bodily distortions of Francis Bacon and the visceral traces of trauma created by Doris Salcedo as they provide tools to approach forms of loss and pain through affect and its traces embedded within the psyche, body, and space.


Unthought Known is a multimedia photographic series that investigates the psychological and corporeal lived experiences of traumatic memory. Within the framework of affect theory, memory studies, and psychoanalysis, I focus on the ways in which the encounter with these traces of trauma creates a dissociated and disembodied experience of the self, time, and space. Due to trauma’s inherent unrepresentability and inseparability with the body, I build spaces with translucent materials, light, shadow, and the body in various states of dissolution in order to elicit the perceptual, psychological, and physiological experience of traumatic memory.

Trauma takes the form of a shadow that disrupts the linearity of time through moments of repetition, interruption, and delay. The video installation, titled Perpetual Absence, addresses the mind’s attempt to reconstruct isolated fragments from traumatic memories, only to be subjected to fabrication. With projected video onto a physical print, the hybridity of the mediums places the viewer into a space of paradox between stasis and motion, fixed and temporal, veracity and falsehood. In relation to the video and project as a whole, the installation of smaller photographic prints, titled Fragment, varies in scale and placement in order to reflect the fragmented and inconsistent narrative of traumatic memory. I find the perceptual experience of the video and photographic installation reflective of the experience of trauma itself, a disrupted conflation of the past and present and fact and fiction.

Archival Inkjet Print | 26 x 39” | 2020

Archival Inkjet Print | 26 x 39” | 2020

Archival Inkjet Print | 26 x 39” | 2020

Archival Inkjet Print | 26 x 39” | 2020

Archival Inkjet Print | 26 x 39” | 2020

Archival Inkjet Print | 26” x 39” | 2020


Archival inkjet print mounted on wooden panel | Various Sizes: 4 x 6”, 5 x 7”, 6 x 8”, 8 x 10”, 9 x 12”, 12 x 18” | 2020

Perpetual Absence

Video projection onto archival inkjet print with audio | 72 x 41” | 2020