This painting depicts a figure's hands pinched by a series of wooden clothespins. The artist's paintings are inspired by her longtime engagement with niche online fetish communities, and frequently reference hidden worlds that exist in plain sight. Shepherd's compositions speak to the absurdity of our time while exploring the opposing extremes of desire—such as soiling oneself in mud or the need for extreme sanitation.
Brittany Shepherd’s work examines private and public spaces, class and desire. Inspired by a longtime engagement with niche online fetish communities, the artist's paintings frequently reference hidden worlds that exist in plain sight. Shepherd’s compositions are explorations of opposing extremes of desire—for example, soiling oneself in mud or undertaking extreme sanitation measures.
Brittany Shepherd works include painting, photography, video and sculpture.
Solo exhibitions of Shepherd’s work include: Waltz of the Mired at tilling in Montreal, Canada (2021); and Of Flight and of Leak at Roberta Pelan in Toronto, Canada (2016).
Group exhibitions that have shown Shepherd’s work include: All I remember now:, In Lieu, Los Angeles, CA (2021); Not Too High, Not That Low at Division Gallery in Toronto, Canada (2018); and The Ghost in the Machine at Motel in Brooklyn, New York (2017).