Zeelie Brown, Artist
Courtney and Natalia speak with Zeelie Brown—multidisciplinary, multidimensional artist, cellist, and community builder. Zeelie talks through her move to NYC from the south (where her art stems from), and showing up in contexts historically reserved for straight, white participants. Listen to hear which institutions were particularly welcoming to her unorthodox practice.
Through sound, textiles, and installations, Brown “depth charges wells of Afro-Atlantic dynamism to conjure up works which provoke a sense of environmental and cultural shifts. Her work meditates black freedom in the 21st century, and the renegotiation of the parasitic networks of power and privilege weft into the global, colonial world order. She was born in San Antonio and was raised between San Antonio and Pollard, Alabama. She graduated from Oberlin College with a BA in Africana Studies (Fine Arts) which they used to open their heart and soul to jazz, philosophy, and other great arts of the black world.”