Nic Brown

by | Sep 1, 2020 | 0 comments

Nic’s art features vibrant colors electrifying through emoting shapes. Their abstract images portray interweaving images that speak to the soul. The beauty of their art is the power of the viewer’s interpretation.

“I typically do not plan my paintings, I just let the art flow through me…. Art has been a sanctum for those feelings which are hard to explain, admit, or understand. This sacred space became crucial as I developed depression and anxiety during my early teens. It allows me to breathe deep into my soul and focus on the raw energy inside. Painting is pure, emotive honesty. It holds me. It witnesses parts of myself I haven’t seen, teaching me by empathizing with my inner child.”

Their emotional experiences come through Nic’s work as a unique style, unbridled, untamed, yet beautifully inviting. Playfully free-flowing, forming and reforming as one notices the intricacies of Nic coming to life on the canvas. Some of the themes expressed in their work are grief, love, loneliness, joy, pain, peace, and the rush of creativity.

As a multiracial artist, there are regards of race, white supremacy, chaos, and confusion that echo subliminally in some of their pieces. However, one of their recent pieces has a more overt cultural, social, and political comment. “TRANS LIVES ARE BLACK LIVES TOO” urges the world to include transgender folx in the Black Lives Matter Movement. White settler colonialism has inflicted the binary onto the mindset of Black Americans leading to an acceptance of transphobia in Black culture. Nic’s mural on the Overture center at Fairchild and Mifflin Streets showcases just some of the names of Black trans folx who have been killed by the police in 2020. The imagery features an eye for visibility and rainbow colors for LGBTQIA+ Pride. The opportunity to create this piece was especially important for Nic who identifies as nonbinary, agender, and pansexual; their pronouns are They/Them/Theirs. While actively supporting the Movement, they noticed the transphobia and homophobia coming through, and felt hurt and erased by the people who were supposed to be fighting for them. Their mural serves to remind the city of Madison that the revolution must include liberation for all the oppressed: Black, Brown, gay, trans, nonbinary, women, men, everyone who suffers at the hands of capitalism, white supremacy, and settler colonialism.

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