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. Brittany utilizes wood burning and wood working 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.
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. In 2019, Brittany founded Art Therapy Place, a Brooklyn-based counseling center, workshop and exhibition space, with the mission to decrease stigma around mental health treatment and promote trauma healing in her community.