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Bañera de Flora

Bañera de Flora | Performance & Installation | The Walters Art Museum | 2019

Bañera de Flora / Ritual Bath

Ritual Bath | Performance Video | IA&A at Hillyer Gallery | Reverb Exhibition | 2019

Spiritual First Aid Kits

Spritual First Aid Kits
Spiritual First Aid Kits | Installation | Thousand Words Exhibition | 2019

Ritual Bath no. 3

Ritual Bath no. 3 | Video Projection | 2019

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About Nicoletta

Baltimore City - Bromo Tower Arts District

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Nicoletta is a performance artist, interdisciplinary fabricator, producer, speaker, mother of four, filmmaker, self-love champion, and unicorn. She is Black Latinx; proud to be a first-generation Panamanian born in the United States. She is a chamána (shaman) and comes from a long line of healers. Her work reconceives the life of an artist as thriving, nourishing herself and others during and through her creative practice. Nicoletta is adjunct faculty in the MFA in Community Arts Graduate Program at... more

Bathed in Light (Bañada en Luz), 2019 - Ongoing

Rituals performed by Nicoletta, honor the Mothers of Living Waters, Lemanjá (Yemoja) and Yemaya. Clothed in enigmatic shades of the deep ocean floor, Nicoletta’s body is transformed into an alter; her movements serve as offerings to the goddesses. She bathes; cleanses space and sculpts the air with light. Her Crown adorned with stardust is a conduit to the nurturing moonlight which she calls upon during her performances.

10 days, 20 performances, Brilliant Baltimore Light City + Book Festival, Maryland Art Place Benefit

Bañera de Flora, 2019 - Ongoing

As Resident Artist at The Walters Art Museum, I researched art in the 15th-century Northern Art Gallery. I worked with the museum’s curators to understand the origins, meanings, and functions of their art objects. This research informed my work in the studio as I created performance and installation art that responded to the museum’s collection.

Bañera de Flora is an immersive celebration of self-healing and rebirth activated by an ancient feminine practice of ritual bathing. My performance explores the connections between historical religious rituals and the habits and patterns of our everyday, modern lives. I fabricated large-scale sculptural objects and temporarily installed them in the Walters Art Museum. Patrons were encouraged to engage with these objects during the immersive activation including a large transparent bath vessel for ritual bathing in public space, a lifeguard chair serving as throne, an ethereal white garment adorned with crystals, two video light-box-style installations, and sound elements to activate the senses. During my endurance performances, I assumed the role of a lifeguard, monitoring and protecting the galleries as a safe space for self-love. Patrons were invited to observe as I directed visitors around the space and used flowers in a bathing ritual.

Bañera de Flora invites others to step into another universe, recognizing items they are familiar with, but experiencing them in a new way. My performances have others questioning everything they are seeing - “Are they in an arts installation or are witnessing a ritualistic blessing/cleansing ceremony? Is she (Nicoletta) human like us or are they amongst a goddess? Is that a chair or is that a throne? Is she (Nicoletta) helping to guide them to personal self-realization or is she (Nicoletta) doing what many of us do not have the power to do, which is to only save ourselves?”

In a modern world that is constantly discussing the importance of “self-care”, my work encourages others to think about how women have done this in the past, while bringing them back to how they incorporate it into everyday life.

Installation August 8-11 2019, 2 endurance performances for total of 9 hours at the Walters Art Museum

  • Bañera de Flora

    Bañera de Flora | Performance & Installation | The Walters Art Museum | 2019
  • Bañera de Flora

    Bañera de Flora | Performance & Installation | The Walters Art Museum | 2019
  • Bañera de Flora

    Bañera de Flora | Performance & Installation | The Walters Art Museum | 2019
  • Bañera de Flora

    Bañera de Flora | Performance & Installation | The Walters Art Museum | 2019
  • Bañera de Flora

    Bañera de Flora | Performance & Installation | The Walters Art Museum | 2019
  • Bañera de Flora

    Bañera de Flora | Performance & Installation | The Walters Art Museum | 2019
  • Bañera de Flora

    Bañera de Flora | Performance & Installation | The Walters Art Museum | 2019
  • Bañera de Flora

    Bañera de Flora | Performance & Installation | The Walters Art Museum | 2019
  • Bañera de Flora

    Bañera de Flora | Performance & Installation | The Walters Art Museum | 2019
  • Bañera de Flora

    Bañera de Flora | Brief Performance Excerpt | The Walters Art Museum | 2019

Ritual Bath (Series), 2018 - Ongoing

A celebration of healing and rebirth activated by ritual cleansing. It incorporates releasing energy of past traumas, sorrow, and injuries in sacred space created to elicit cessation, processing, breathing, and mindfulness in “the now.” The performance-based act is an immersive celebration; an ancient feminine practice of ritual bathing; an initiation that evokes purifying the vessel, calming the mind, opening the spirit, and transmuting that which no longer serves; a restorative process that is self fortifying.

Spiritual First Aid Kits, 2018 - Ongoing

Birthed from the concept that as individuals we each have access to self love at all times. Taking pause in any given moment to claim space and care for self. The method, mode, and process is self prescribed. A call to action to build practice, gather items, write a self prescription. Shift towards wholeness, using feelings as navigation. Having personal tools, on hand, at all times.

Earth Mother, 2018 - Ongoing

Earth Mother; High Priestess adorned with flora headdress and garment enveloped in sacred sculptural generative facets symbolic of womanhood. Earth Mother awakens and celebrates women as life givers and caretakers. A celebration of the divine feminine. She is the daughter of Orichás. She is hermana chamána. Her love feels like a blessing of fertile abundance. Part goddess part woman, this performance is a mix of ancient ritual and experimental poetic movement.

3 hour durational performances, The Smithsonian and Maryland Institute College of Art

  • Earth Mother

    Earth Mother | Performance | The Smithsonian | 2019
  • Earth Mother

    Earth Mother | Performance | The Smithsonian | 2019
  • Earth Mother

    Earth Mother | Performance | The Smithsonian | 2019
  • Earth Mother

    Earth Mother | Performance | The Smithsonian | 2019
  • Earth Mother

    Earth Mother | Performance | The Smithsonian | 2019
  • Earth Mother

    Earth Mother | Performance | The Smithsonian | 2019
  • Earth Mother

    Earth Mother | Performance | MICA Graduate Thesis Exhibition as Adjunct Faculty | 2018
  • Earth Mother

    Earth Mother | Brief Performance Expert | The Smithsonian | 2019
  • Earth Mother

    Earth Mother | Brief Performance Expert | The Smithsonian | 2019
  • Earth Mother

    Earth Mother | Performance | The Smithsonian | 2019

Womb Rebirth, 2017

A multi-sensory celebration of rebirth as activated action. The gallery space is transformed into the metaphorical womb. My self-portrait, a video projection created from my x-rays sets the intention for restorative healing. The performance incorporates healing of past injuries, as I let go of visceral memories while gifting others small tokens and gestures of love to cherish and reflect upon. I created: sacred sculptural objects to engage with including: a womb shield, a headdress, sound elements, light elements, large-scale installation housing for performance art and the public.

4 hour durational performance, Maryland Institute College of Art MICA Place

  • Womb Rebirth

    Womb Rebirth | Performance | MICA Place Portraits of People We Love Exhibition | 2017
  • Womb Rebirth

    Womb Rebirth | Performance | MICA Place Portraits of People We Love Exhibition | 2017
  • Womb Rebirth

    Womb Rebirth Performance
    Womb Rebirth Performance | Brief Expert | MICA Place Performance | 2017
  • Womb Rebirth

    Womb Rebirth | Performance | MICA Place Portraits of People We Love Exhibition | 2017
  • Womb Rebirth

    Womb Rebirth | Performance | MICA Place Portraits of People We Love Exhibition | 2017
  • Womb Rebirth

    Womb Rebirth | Performance | MICA Place Portraits of People We Love Exhibition | 2017
  • Womb Rebirth

    Womb Rebirth Performance
    Womb Rebirth Performance | Brief Expert | MICA Place Performance | 2017
  • Womb Rebirth

    Womb Rebirth Performance
    Womb Rebirth Performance | Brief Expert | MICA Place Performance | 2017
  • Womb Rebirth Garment

    Womb Rebirth Garment
    Womb Rebirth Garment | Baltimore School for the Arts Faculty Exhibition | 2017
  • Womb Rebirth Garment

    Womb Rebirth Garment
    Womb Rebirth Garment | Baltimore School for the Arts Faculty Exhibition | 2017

Self Healing, 2016

While healing from injuries I transformed my X-rays into love letters back to my body. These studies were incorporated into projection video self-portraits for installation during my performances. All of the colors used to surface-treat the digital film were selected with intention and have deep personal meaning. It is fascinating to me how science, spirituality, and art all have methods for decoding color. I am interested in how they overlap and guide one another. I also think about what a color feels like. Why certain colors make me feel energized, calm, balanced, peaceful, soothed, secure. During my healing process I allowed western medicine to align my body. I revisited modes of self-healing that I learned as a child from mi abuela (my grandmother) to realign my mind and spirit with my body; making me once again whole.

Negrita Doctress, 2016

"Doctresses bear many names: Negress, bruja, light worker, negrita, medusa, healer. It is believed that the intentioned actions of a doctress can transmute and transform energy, people, and circumstances. Brown’s performance intimately channeled these women and the divine indigenous sciences they practice. The Negrita Doctress sits fanning herself on a bench in front of a small altar of sacred objects. She gets up swaying her hips and fan in sync with Afro-Latin rhythms. With the flick of her fan, Negrita stretches out a hand to invite passersby to dance with her. Most allow themselves to be led by the rhythms around the altar to a bench. Negrita kneels on the floor before the seated patient, smoothes Florida water into the palms lifeline. A small jewel is pushed into the center. Negrita closes her eyes. Whispers silently. I closed my eyes too, intrigued by the thin line between imagination and reality. Time escapes me. A fleeting exchange. I opened my eyes to find Negrita beaming back. The ritual had concluded. The blessing was sealed. The patrons who sat as patients smiled as they left the altar. Nicoletta de la Brown, Negrita Doctress conjures a universal divine feminine magic, a love song to matrilineal memory and the power of indigenous practices." -- Author Angela N. Carroll is an artist-archivist; a purveyor and investigator of contemporary culture.

3 hour durational performances, Area 405 and Space Camp

  • Negrita Doctress

    Negrita Doctress | Performance & Installation | LabBodies Performance Review | 2016
  • Negrita Doctress

    Negrita Doctress | Performance & Installation | TRACES, Ni de aquí, Ni de allá (neither here, nor there) | 2016
  • Negrita Doctress

    Negrita Doctress | Performance & Installation | TRACES, Ni de aquí, Ni de allá (neither here, nor there) | 2016
  • Negrita Doctress

    Negrita Doctress | Performance & Installation | TRACES, Ni de aquí, Ni de allá (neither here, nor there) | 2016
  • Negrita Doctress

    Negrita Doctress | Performance & Installation | LabBodies Performance Review | 2016
  • Negrita Doctress

    Negrita Doctress | Performance & Installation | TRACES, Ni de aquí, Ni de allá (neither here, nor there) | 2016

Select Scluptural Objects, 2013-2017

Select sculptural works from studio practice including: El Barrio Bodega (Series), 2013, From my series of embroidered corner-store grocery bags. Rescued from the gutter; blowing down the street like city tumbleweed. I reclaim and elevate what once was discarded by creating embellished art objects. Growing up in Brooklyn and Harlem I'd visit my block's bodega daily, with pennies in hand, and leave with priceless treasures. More than just bags, they reflect a sense of pride for my neighborhood and are a symbol of my cultural identity.From my series of embroidered corner-store grocery bags. Rescued from the gutter; blowing down the street like city tumbleweed. I reclaim and elevate what once was discarded by creating embellished art objects. Growing up in Brooklyn and Harlem I'd visit my block's bodega daily, with pennies in hand, and leave with priceless treasures. More than just bags, they reflect a sense of pride for my neighborhood and are a symbol of my cultural identity.

  • El Barrio Bodega

    El Barrio Bodega (Series) | Embroidered Plastic Bags | 2013
  • El Barrio Bodega

    El Barrio Bodega (Series) | Embroidered Plastic Bags | 2013
  • El Barrio Bodega

    El Barrio Bodega (Series) | Embroidered Plastic Bags | 2013
  • Ghost Mola

    Ghost Mola | Inspired by Traditional Panamanian Kuna Tribe Mola Tapestries | Cotton, Chiffon, Thread Hand-Stitching | 9" x 9" | 2013
  • Manos de Curanderos (Healers' Hands)

    Manos de Curanderos (Healers' Hands) | Slip Cast Ceramics, Raw Quartz Crystals, Hand Dried Flora | 13" x 7" x 2.5 | 2017
  • Manos de Curanderos (Healers' Hands)

    Manos de Curanderos (Healers' Hands) | Slip Cast Ceramics, Hand Dyed Paper Flowers | 20" x 40" x 8" | 2017
  • Forest Floor Alter

    Forest Floor Alter | Ceramic Form (glazed and kiln-fired), hair (hand-laid in surface pores), Silicone | 14" x 14" x 7" | 2016
  • Forest Floor Alter (Detail)

    Forest Floor Alter (Detail) | Ceramic Form (glazed and kiln-fired), hair (hand-laid in surface pores), Silicone | 14" x 14" x 7" | 2016
  • Yo Vengo de Panama

    Yo Vengo de Panama | Mixed media (laser print, vinyl, ink, thread, paint, orange peel, transfer) | 7" x 5" | 2013
  • Yo Vengo de Panama

    Yo Vengo de Panama | Mixed media (laser print, vinyl, ink, thread, paint, orange peel, transfer) | 7" x 5" | 2013

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