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BRITNEY PENOUILH is an American artist whose interest in geology and natural environments has exerted great influence over her mixed media panels and sculptures. Focused on the conceptual understanding of a system, Penouilh’s collage aesthetic assembles fragments of scientific text like layers of strata beneath the distressed surfaces of her paintings. 

“The ultimate human history begins with the Earth and I want to understand the systems of the land that influence cultures. By making the work with a system of layering and weathering of the surface, I aim to understand these processes on a larger scale.” 

Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, Penouilh studied fine art and geology at the University of New Orleans. She has done artist residencies in New York, Alaska, and North Carolina; and she continues field studies and mining exploration around the world. Currently, Penouilh lives and works in Los Angeles, California.