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Michaela Pilar Brown: Where They Cut Her I Bleed
January 7, 2016 @ 10:00 am - January 30, 2016 @ 6:00 pm
Opening reception” January 7th at 6PM
Where They Cut Her I Bleed”, an exhibition of work by Tapp’s Artist in Residence, Michaela Pilar Brown.
Michaela will explore her series, a residential research project consisting of an exploration of generational trauma using theories of materiality and memory carried out in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and performance art.
Michaela states, “My practice explores the body through the prisms of age, gender, race, sexuality and history. 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. I explore the ritualized use of common objects, and architectural spaces, often queering their size, orientation or form to blur the line between memory, dream and experience…”
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.
Tapp’s Initiative: Artist in Residence program is envisioned as a unique opportunity for engagement between artists who focus on site-specific installation and the general public. The Tapp’s Initiative was developed to bring contemporary art production, practice and community engagement to the Columbia/Midlands area. Each resident has full access to their own studio space for four months, and throughout this time, the resident artist will realize a site-specific project, and invite the public to discuss and interact with the contemporary artwork during several open-gallery events. The interactive aspect of the Tapp’s Initiative furthers an understanding of contemporary art, modes of practice, and how visual language functions in ‘building’ culture, both locally and abroad.
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