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About Nicoletta

Baltimore City - Bromo Tower Arts District

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Nicoletta Darita de la Brown (b. 1981) is an award-winning interdisciplinary artist and chamána (shaman) who comes from a long line of healers. She is Black Latinx; proud to be a first-generation Panamanian born in the United States. Her artworks re-conceive the life of an artist as thriving, nourishing herself and others during and through her art practice. She teaches ‘Mindfulness in Art Practice’ at Baltimore School for the Arts; former sculpture professor at Towson University and former adjunct... more

BODEGA BODY, 2022

As a Black woman, my body became a container for trauma. I am often asked to hold space — both for my own agonies and those experienced by people in my community. This Mixed-media study will inform large-scale artworks from BODEGA BODY series. I am healing traumas housed in my body through water-based rituals in nature. BODEGA BODY is a series documenting my healing-based performances in public space.

RevelArte, 2022

REVELARTE: “to reveal something hidden within yourself.” Uncovering identity is an ongoing process. People and places in our lives – where we come from, the community we live in, and the places in between – form a complex web of identity and belonging.

The Hirshhorn partnered with three artists ( Nicoletta Darita de la Brown, Veronica Melendez, Carlos Carmonamedina ) to explore places that are important to us. Two hour durational performance featuring Nicoletta de la Brown at the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum, Washington DC. REVELARTE: “to reveal something hidden within yourself.” Uncovering identity is an ongoing process. People and places in our lives – where we come from, the community we live in, and the places in between – form a complex web of identity and belonging.

The Hirshhorn partnered with three artists ( Nicoletta Darita de la Brown, Veronica Melendez, Carlos Carmonamedina ) to explore places that are important to us. Two hour durational performance featuring Nicoletta de la Brown at the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum, Washington DC.

Moon Medicin: Mosaic Performance, 2022

Sanford Biggers’ Intersections project Mosaic concludes with a multi-disciplinary performance directed by Sanford Biggers, featuring harpist Parker Ramsay, performers Nicoletta de la Brown and Daniel Phoenix Singh, and DC-artist Sheldon Scott. Through this performance, Biggers’ sand-floor piece Fool’s Folly, which references Tibetan mandalas, was activated then dismantled at The Phillips Collection, Washington DC.

Ritual Bath Series, 2018-22

A celebration of healing and rebirth activated by cleansing. A releasing of past trauma, sorrow, and injury in a sacred space. A ceremony created to elicit cessation, processing, breathing, and mindfulness. A performative act of vulnerability. 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. A moment of self fortification. A place for gentle healing.

2020-21 Mickalene Thomas: A Moment's Pleasure at The Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore MD; 2019 IA&A at Hillyer Gallery, Washington DC ; 2019 The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore MD 

Bañera de Flora, 2019, (installation and performance views)

Lifeguard chair, video light-box projections, sound elements, acrylic kayak, organza, tulle, lace, crystals, latex, rubber, lighting elements, dried flowers, gold electroplated deer skull, gauze bandages. Performance Duration: 9 hours at the Walters Art Museum 

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.

  • Bañera de Flora

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

Spiritual First Aid Kits, 2018, (artwork installation views)

Vinyl fabric bags zipper closures, screen print ink, bags contents: various raw crystals, glass bottles, palo santo, sage, anointing oil, bandages, thread, needles, tea bags, paper, gauze, swabs, sacred objects. Dimensions: [individual bag] 5” x 2.5” [installation] varied / site specific 

This installation was born from questions like: When do I have access to care? How do I tend to my spiritual body? How does love-for-myself show up in public space? -- I take pause in any given moment to care for me in whatever way I need. The method, mode, and process is self prescribed. Step 1: Take action, Step 2: build a practice, Step 3: gather items, Step 4: write my “how to care for me” guide. This is a shift towards wholeness by using feelings as my primary navigation system. I remind myself to always have my personalized toolkit on hand because the relationship that I have with me is the only one that spans my entire lifetime. 

Earth Mother, 2018 (performance views)

Dried flowers, silk, organza, tulle, thread, lycra, dried flowers. Performance Duration: 3 hours. Locations: The Smithsonian, Maryland Institute College of Art. 

DESCRIPTION: 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. 

  • Earth Mother

    Earth Mother | Performance | The Smithsonian | 2019
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    Earth Mother | Performance | The Smithsonian | 2019
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    Earth Mother | Performance | The Smithsonian | 2019
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    Earth Mother | Performance | The Smithsonian | 2019
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    Earth Mother | Performance | The Smithsonian | 2019
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    Earth Mother | Performance | The Smithsonian | 2019
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    Earth Mother | Performance | MICA Graduate Thesis Exhibition as Adjunct Faculty | 2018
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    Earth Mother | Brief Performance Expert | The Smithsonian | 2019
  • Earth Mother

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

Womb Rebirth, 2017 (installation and performance views)

Video projection, sound elements, vinyl tent, fabric, lighting elements, flowers, raw quartz crystals, paper, gauche, latex, found objects, stones, essential oil defuser. Dimensions: 10.5’ x 14” x 20’ full room installation. Performance Duration: 4 hours.

DESCRIPTION: 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.

  • Womb Rebirth

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

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