Mia Brownell: Delightful, Delicious, Disgusting
April 10 – September 13, 2014
The mesmerizing paintings by contemporary artist Mia Brownell fuse the realism of 17th century Dutch still life artists with an interest in what she describes as "scientific models of proteins" and a fascination with "American attitudes toward food as a commodity." In her captivating images, intertwining grape vines swirl through space in shapes reminiscent of DNA helixes, chromosomal strands, and chains of amino acids. Brownell creates lushly realistic visions of her subjects while simultaneously exploring what lies beneath their surfaces both microscopically and symbolically. Art critic Cate McQuaid describes Brownell’s work as "a postmodern fruit cocktail that marries today’s fascination with genetics and the building blocks of life with old-style painterly seduction." Brownell has won numerous awards, exhibited widely in the United States and abroad, and her work has been reviewed and featured in a number of publications including The New York Times, Boston Globe, Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture, and Hi-Fructose.
Brownell is currently a professor of art at Southern Connecticut State in New Haven, Connecticut.