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School of Visual Art and Design


The Space Between an exhibition by Michaela Pilar Brown

Monday, January 4, 2016 - 4:00pm to Friday, February 5, 2016 - 4:00pm

Exhibition Reception: Thursday January 21st, 6-8pm with a live performance* of Mother Wound at 6:30 and a gallery conversation at 7:15pm. 

The Space Between is an exploration of the effects of psychological trauma on physical movement, posture and muscle memory. This body of work is an intense personal exploration of a larger phenomenon of psychological and physical disease among black women and the roots of that disease in the oppression of black American women beginning with the trans-Atlantic slave trade. The exhibition includes a series of photographic prints, a site-specific installation, and a live performance.

From Michaela Pilar Brown’s artist statement: “my installations, sculpture, collage and photographs address issues attendant to the black body. I use 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. I consider 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”. The exhibition includes a series of photographic prints titled Death Eater and site-specific installation examines these ideas through a more formal exploration of materiality using synthetic hair, paper, glass and wood.

The Mother Wound live performance will occur during the exhibition reception on January 21st at 6:30pm. Brown describes the Mother Wound performance as an exploration of the genetic memory of trauma. “Using sound, video projection and body markings I will invite audience participants to join me, as I will explore the history of my mother’s wounds, both physical and psychological as metaphor for the existing psychological and physical disease among black women and the connection of that disease to the oppression of black women in the Americas.” This performance may include nudity and potentially provocative subject matter and situations and you must provide identification proving you are at least 18 years old to attend.

Michaela Pilar Brown is an image and object maker. She studied sculpture and art history at Howard University, though she has always been a maker of things. Born in Bangor, Maine and raised in Denver, Colorado, she cut her teeth in the halls of a museum where her mother worked as a security guard, and has been immersed in the culture of objects, their making and interpretation ever since. 

*This performance may include nudity and potentially provocative subject matter and situations and you must provide identification proving you are at least 18 years old to attend.