Michaela Pilar Brown is a multidisciplinary artist using photography, installation and performance. She studied sculpture and art history at Howard University, though she has always been a maker of things. She cut her teeth in the halls of a museum where my mother worked as a security guard. She has been immersed in the culture of objects, their making and interpretation her entire life.
Brown’s installations, collage and photographs address issues attendant to the black body. She uses nontraditional materials and their juxtaposition to each other, and or dissimilar objects to make statements about the body and its relationship to larger cultural themes of age, gender, race, sexuality, history, and violence.Her work considers memory, myth, ritual, desire and the spaces the body occupies within these vignettes. The narratives move between past, present and surreal projections of the future, sometimes occupying these spaces simultaneously.
Brown has a fulltime studio practice and a new Venture, Mike Brown Contemporary, a mobile pop-up exhibition and project space specializing in bringing contemporary art and arts related programming to public spaces to. She is a member of the board of directors of the Friends of African American Art and Culture of the Columbia Museum of Art, and Tapps Arts Center in Columbia, South Carolina. She is a creative Cohort Leader for the 2018 Indie Grits Lab of the Nickelodeon Theater. She was 2016 Jasper Projects Artists of the Year, Resident Artist OPEN IMMERSION: A VR CREATIVE DOC LAB produced by the CFC Media Lab, The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) and JustFilms | Ford Foundation taking place in Toronto, Canada. 2016 Artist in Residence, Sedona Arts Center, Sedona Arizona, 2016 Artist in Residence, Kunstlerwerkgemeinschaft Kaiserslautern, Germany.