Brittney Van Deusen is an artist in Richmond, Virginia. She maps out new ways of seeing the self, in particular the pre-adolescent female self. Asking the question, "How do gender-based messages from social media and popular culture reinforce negative self-objectification for young women?", Van Deusen turns a blind eye towards popular culture and a bright searchlight towards girls’ inner worlds, in the hopes of projecting outward the complex and powerful sense of self that they present. Endeavoring to represent subjects faithfully and respectfully, Van Deusen strives to create a new iconography of the self for young women who are growing up in this 21st-century Gilded Age.
Brittney studied painting at the College of William & Mary as well as L'Atelier Marchutz in Aix-en-Provence, France. After earning a Master's degree in Art Education from Virginia Commonwealth University, Brittney taught art in public schools, at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond, Virginia. She recently returned to full-time painting after ten years as a stay-at-home mom.