Brittany Knapp is a Brooklyn-based artist, art therapist, activist, and survivor of incarceration and sexual violence as a youth. She uses the process of art making for personal healing, and as a platform to share her story. For the last 8 years, she has utilized wood burning as her primary art medium. Her large-scale, 3-Dimensional, figurative works bring the viewer into the experience of the subject. By recreating a space where a traumatic instance occurred, she invites the viewer to share the phenomenological experience of the characters to foster compassion and encourage the exploration of justice.
In the last 4 years, Brittany has spoken out and contributed her artwork to visual campaigns, conferences and exhibitions; including campaigns for the Jails Action Coalition, the exhibitions Visions of Confinement: A Lens on Women in the US Prison System, and STATE PROPERTY: a multidisciplinary examination of American consumerism of prison labor, as well as the Columbia University annual conference Beyond the Bars: Transcending the punishment paradigm. Currently, she works as a Creative Artists Therapist in Inpatient Psychiatry at Mount Sinai Hospital, and holds art therapy workshops throughout NYC to bring the healing power of art to her community.