Artist Talk by Pippa Browne on "Function and Fetish: Comments on Breastfeeding"

Friday, Apr, 8 2016 — 5:30 PM
At: Greenspace Studio

Pippa Browne's artwork

Pippa Browne's exhibit,  Function and Fetish: Comments on Breastfeeding, opens on April 8th at 5:30 p.m. with a reception and artist's introduction, and will continue on April 9 and 10 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Greenspace Studio, which is a green building located in the Sewanee village, behind Woody's Bike Shop and near the Solace Freeman Highway. 


Pippa Browne: "My collection of work is a pictorial interpretation of comments by women on the practice of breast feeding. Comments cover topics such as: breast augmentation and the decision not to breastfeed; the burden of responsibility for growing a being where there is no economic choice; the emotional and spiritual connection within a generation or passed down through generations of breastfeeders and the empowerment of women through the ability of their bodies to grow another human being as well as to make social and political statements. All of these comments are interwoven with the dual status of function and fetish that breasts occupy within the dominant culture." 


Pippa  Browne was born and lived most of her life in Zimbabwe, Africa. In 1985 she obtained a B.A. degree in Fine Art and Psychology and a post-graduate diploma in Education from the University of Natal, South Africa. While she was teaching in Zimbabwe, her art was  regularly selected for the Zimbabwean 'National Heritage' exhibitions at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe and she participated in  solo and group exhibitions in other galleries in Harare. In 1995 Pippa’s started illustrating childrens' books for the publisher Barefoot Books of Bath, UK. By the end of 1997 she had five books published and had moved to the UK to exihibit her Fine Art and illustrations, and to run workshops in schools and libraries. Between 1996 and 2000 her illustrations were selected for the following international travelling exhibitions: 'International Exhbition of Art for Children' (Samede, Italy); 'BIB' (Bratislavia, Slovakia); 'Amabhuku' (Clamart, France). Since moving to the USA in 2002, she has shown her paintings in galleries in Memphis, TN, Salinas, CA, and recently in Sewanee, TN, where she now lives.


All events linked to the conference "'Why All the Fuss about the Body?'": An Interdisciplinary Conference on Local and Global/ized Bodies" at the University of the South (April 11-16, 2016) are free, open to the public, and have received generous support from the Dean of the College, Mellon Globalization Forum, University Lectures Committee, the departments and programs of Art and Art History, Asian Studies, English, Film Studies, French, German, History, Humanities, International and Global Studies, Italian, Politics, Religious Studies, Russian, Spanish, Women’s and Gender Studies, the Sewanee Union Theater, Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Tennessee Williams Center, and Greenspace Art Collective.



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