Created and Sold by Margaret Brown

Margaret Brown

Birdhouse # 10 - Paintings


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Birdhouse # 10
30 x 40 inch oil on canvas

This series started out with me having to clean out my garage because of a water leak and I rediscovered a collection of illustrations my grandmother had kept over the years. I loved these pieces because you could tell she cared for them and even though she had probably just clipped them out of a magazine or book they were precious to her. She took the time to collage all the information together about the bird(s) to fit on one page because all of it was probably on several pages. The sheets have aged over time which also draws me into their uniqueness over time.

I found out later that even though I had these pictures my mom told me her mother LOVED birds and when my mom was little she remembers her mother having birds when they lived in Japan and she would take the birds out in the backyard for sunlight every day. Unfortunately, once they moved back to the states my grandmother had to give them up. I don't know much about my grandmother so of course I am fascinated with any inkling of a story that gives a hint of her personality. I also know that she was spirited and lively...but sacrificed a lot to do what was needed for her husband and his career. My uncle, her son, told me once he wondered what his mom would have been like if she wouldn't have married his dad.
So this series focuses on lineage restrictions. It calls into question restrictions we put on ourselves and others that have been passed down either consciously or unconsciously.
So how can we keep the BIRDS?
How can we keep our spirit and liveliness and not have to sacrifice for others what is most dear to us?

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Margaret Brown
Meet the Creator
I attempt to paint subtle hidden truths of the human condition by unlearning, excavating and remembering these truths which are personal yet collective. I am fascinated by the many layers of ourselves and the process of what we choose to reveal or not, to ourselves and one another. Discovering both sides of the spectrum, both conscious and unconscious, in a constant process of learning to “unlearn” coping mechanisms and subconscious programming created early in life. ​ I show this process through intentional layering, mark making and specific color choices. I use transparent layers to represent what we reveal to others or ourselves and opaque for concealment. I push the boundaries of value to show both aspects of our consciousness, embracing all to further evolve as individuals. With the intentional use of various marks I communicate the dynamic and remarkable human condition that is always changing and ever expanding.

Brown is a Visual artist based in Nashville, Tennessee. She grew up in a small Bay town area called Daphne, Alabama. During college is when she discovered her passion for psychology, culture, and nature. Brown’s life experiences as a former apparel designer and art educator has further influenced her artwork that creates an immediate impression and lasting influence.

She is also the founder of The Creative Unblock "helping you solve your own problems through the power of creativity". A company that focuses on using the right hemisphere of the brain to help calm the mind and get unblocked using creativity.