Monica J. Brown is an interdisciplinary artist exploring the intersections between visual art, sound, movement, poetry, prose and performance. Her visual art has been exhibited widely throughout Chicago, including the DuSable Museum, the Museum of Science and Industry, and the Hyde Park Art Center. She has also exhibited nationally and internationally including Juijiang University in Jiujiang, China. She created two murals with the Hubbard Street Mural Project in Chicago, and her artwork was published in Woman Made Gallery's Her Mark: a journal of art + poetry 2009. Her work is in the collections of Patric McCoy of Diasporal Rhythms, Tony Fitzpatrick, Harold Washington College, and the Lillian E. Smith Center for Creative Arts. She has been the recipient of the Weisman Award, the City of Chicago DCASE Grant and Illinois Arts Council's Grants. She received a BFA from Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles; and a MA from Columbia College Chicago. Monica has performed at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Prop Theatre in Chicago; and the Bucktown Center for the Arts in Davenport, IA.
My work has always been about origins in one form or another, and I am concerned with the stories that we choose to tell ourselves about these origins. Our identity can be shaped by the mythology upon which we base our existence and the subsequent labels we choose or are given. I am interested in a reinterpretation and re-evaluation of this mythology. This investigation manifests through poetry, prose, performance, visual art, and sound compilations.
Moving through a familial mythology, I have been tracing my way back through my matrilineage, with an inquiry into discovering that which is gained and/or lost through generations of women, passed down from mother to daughter through genetic memory, bloodlines and dreamscapes. Through re/dis/covering their stories, I am reshaping my own.