Remixing portraiture and preconceived notions of the Black female body is at the core of Phoenix Brown's practice. By painting representations of nature and the female form with contemporary material and aesthetic choices, she subverts the one-way window of fantasy that western painting has long offered.
There exists a feedback loop between her analog painting and digital editing that is visible in the final image. Her interdisciplinary paintings are layered with impossible brush strokes from their time in Snapchat and maintain a textured surface that speaks to the western art cannon. In colonialism, nature and Black wxmen have existed as reserves to exploit; in her work, they commingle and force us to confront our viewing access to them. The work aims to confront the audience’s viewing psychology in the act of projecting their views onto how Black wxmanhood should exist in reality and in the flat image.
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Artdose Magazine’s mission is to connect and support the visual arts in Wisconsin. Due to these unprecedented times, we have created other platforms to connect with artists in the U.S. In late March, we introduced our version of online artist talks called Artdose Talks.