Art is Her: Phoenix Brown
March 1, 2021 – April 30, 2021
The year 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing women’s right to vote. The passage is the largest expansion of democracy in U.S. history. Throughout 2020 and 2021, Art is Her celebrates women artists and explores the relevance of equal rights in art today.
Phoenix S. Brown is a Cincinnati-native, multidisciplinary artist, based in Milwaukee, WI. She holds a BFA in New Studio Practice from the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design with a minor in Art History. She has exhibited work locally and nationally and participates in residencies and fellowships
With her influences of fashion, nature, and young adult fiction, multidisciplinary painting grants Brown the space to highlight dialogues around cultural bias, power structures, and inner thinking. She reclaims the picture plane with the assertive gaze and presence of feminine figures, bold lines, and disruptive, textured surfaces. Brown challenges the history of western painting by giving her images full control of the audience’s viewing psychology.