ABOUT THE ARTIST
'Art has played a huge role in my development as an individual and as a woman under the demands of the 21st century. As an artist, I wish to harness art’s unique capacity to question the status quo, spark debate and inspire activism.'
Louise Brown 2018
Brand: Introducing goodstrangevibes
Goodstrangevibes was born as an art Instagram account in October 2017. The account features art about mental health, body positivity, feminism and escaping social norms. Goodstrangevibes stands for the importance of accepting and loving oneself and others alongside actively challenging injustice and harmful social norms.
Louise has had her work featured in London's Doomed Gallery as part of a fierce and feminist fundraiser to raise money for Refuge, as well as in York and Newcastle Upon Tyne.
'In the process of recovery from an eating disorder I began drawing my own body - forcing myself to see my body as art and worthy of appreciation. I did this in the evening, a time I used to spend staring at my naked body feeling hate and repulsion. This new habit directly challenged these previous destructive thoughts, by drawing and liking the art I produced I then began to appreciate the body that had inspired them. This then progressed to me drawing a diversity of naked bodies accompanied by phrases such as 'there is no such thing as a bad or perfect body' - messages I wish I had heard more when I was younger and maybe could have prevented the illness I experienced.'
Louise Brown 2018
Winner of Napapijiri Graphic Design Competition, London
October 10th 2019
#UseYourWords - Jami UK, Head Room Café, London
July 5th - 7th 2019
Creative Voices Mind Exhibition, Bell House, London
February 25th - 12th March 2019
Keep Gazing, The Norman Rea Gallery, York
December 13th 2018
‘Tis The Season To Be Mindful, Off The Cuff, London
November 30th 2018
June 21st 2018
Newcastle Fine Art Postcard Auction 2018, Newcastle University Fine Art Department, Newcastle Upon Tyne
Nasty Women International Art Prize 2018 Showcase exhibition, Praxis Gallery, Newcastle Upon Tyne
June 15th - 21st 2018
'For Sale' Exhibition, The Norman Rea Gallery, York
April 12th 2018
The F-Word, Doomed Gallery, London
" What a joy Louise Brown is to work with! Her pieces for the Nasty Women International Art Prize and NWNE residency really pushed her practice in a new direction and we could see huge development just over the short time of the residency. Michaela and I are both delighted to continue supporting Louise’s work, particularly her projects linking mental health advocacy with art making, to this end Louise is one of 4 artists I am working with on a social practice research project during 2018/19. I look forward to collaborating with her on this and to seeing her practice and career go from strength to strength".
Chair of judges panel, Nasty Women International Art Prize '18
Brown was supported by the Student Initiative Fund at Newcastle University to aid the development of goodstrangevibes from June 2019 to November 2019
Nasty Women North East Residency
2016 - Present
BA Combined Honours in Politics, Psychology and Sociology, Newcastle University
© 2018 by Louise Brown