Black + Tall = Basketball

Phoenix Brown

Acrylic, Pastel, and Paper on Canvas

Phoenix S. Brown navigates her world through transcribing her own experiences into making. Her practice explores the mental and social complications of being a young, hyper-aware, African-American. Through interdisciplinary modes of making, her work participates in blackness and femininity. Brown works with these concepts by depicting figures and objects in controlled, abstract environments, exposing excerpts from her personal journal. These referenced writings seek to curb anxiety, by recording current events on her own terms and acts as a reflection into herself. 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. In 2018, she completed her first residency at the Yale Norfolk Summer School of Art through the generous support of the Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship. In 2020, Brown will be awared the second Abert Family Curatorial Fellowship by the Milwaukee Art Museum. She is currently participating in Plum Blossom Initiative’s esteemed professional development program, Bridgework 05, a collaboration between Leah Kolb (Curator at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art) and Jason Yi (Artist & Educator). She has exhibited work locally and nationally. When not making, she spends her time reading, writing, gathering found materials, and daydreaming.