Michaela Pilar Brown is an image and object maker. She studied sculpture and art history at Howard University, though she has always been a maker of things. Born in Bangor, Maine and raised in Denver, Colorado, she cut her teeth in the halls of a museum where her mother worked as a security guard, and has been immersed in the culture of objects, their making and interpretation ever since.
Her current art practice focuses on cultural hierarchies relating to beauty, and how race and history play into these caste systems. . She explores issues of identity and notions of otherness as defined in American standards of beauty using a combination of performance and staged photography, and is interested in the politics of the body with respect to race and gender. She makes her home in South Carolina.