Curled up on the stool of a wooden table and hidden behind a pile of clay, you can find artist Maddy Barreto, working tirelessly on one of her latest projects. Barreto, a lifelong Atlantan, is carving an unconventional path for herself as an artist. After her illustrations graced the cover of a recent Creative Loafing cover (see her process in a video after the jump), it seemed fitting to get to know more about her and her creative process.
By day, Barreto is a nanny, which not only helps fund her growing art career but also adds a lighthearted vibe to much of her work. From her airy illustrations, to whimsical pipes, it’s evident she never lost her child-like wonder.
Although she has no formal art school education, Barreto gravitates to educational environments, taking advantage of learning new tricks from creative friends whenever possible. She calls illustration her “building block for all things creative,” but still strives to grow her artistic repertoire. Barreto took classes at WonderRoot this past year, watching and learning from some of her closest friends. Although her focus lies on screen printing and metalsmithing, Barreto’s booking serious hours in WonderRoot’s ceramic studio, which she also helps manage. She first started at at the DIY institution with a Intro to Ceramics class, where she says she fell in love with the medium.
For now, Barreto is taking some time away from “creating art for the sake of people buying it” to rechannel efforts into personal projects. She says it’s important to her to focus more on periods in her life she calls “creative seasons.” These seasons do not directly reflect those on the calendar, but instead symbolize certain events, emotions, and relationships in her life. For her, it is important to recognize these seasons in order to better remember these specific periods of her life.
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