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Michaela Pilar Brown
South Carolina

Artist Statement Submitted 2019

I explore personal and familial histories through an archiving of objects and the personal mythologies associated with them. I examine the collecting of heirloom objects as a means of identity construction and the building of personal, familial and community history as counter-narrative to accepted American history, re-centering black female subjectivity.

My installations, collage and photographs address issues attendant to the black body. I make statements about the body and its relationship to larger cultural themes of age, gender, race, sexuality, history, and violence by considering 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.

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