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“Untitled” (sculpted headdress no. 1), 2021 

“Untitled” (sculpted headdress no. 1), 2021 

Movement Response Journal No 1-3, 2020

Movement Response Journal No 1-3, 2020

Three Bodies (Series) 2020-21

Three Bodies (Series) 2020-21

Bañera de Flora / Ritual Bath

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

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About Nicoletta

Baltimore City - Bromo Tower Arts District

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Nicoletta Darita de la Brown 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. She utilizes her health influencer platform, Vida Mágica Love, to share her passion for spiritual fitness, plant-medicine, healing travel, and all things tea! Nicoletta uses rituals to create virtual and in-person collaborations with global brands and institutions. She... more

Untitled (Sculpted Flower Headdress, BODEGA Series), 2021

Dried flowers, preserved grasses, crystal prisms, wire, paper tape, thread, metal clasps. Dimensions: Varied 

DESCRIPTION: (series) Headdresses inspired by the women in my family. These wearable artworks are very delicate. The process of creating them is ritual; a reminder to go slow and practice soft touch. Headdresses will be activated through performance and documented using video and self portrait photography.

THREE BODIES (Series) 2020-21

Video Runtime: 06:26

SYNOPSIS I listen to my spiritual body. I listen to my emotional body. I listen to my physical body. These silent conversations with myself are sacred. They are ritual. I respond through movement. These are solo experiences in public space. Sensuous baths to cleanse each of my three bodies. I listen to my spiritual body. I listen to my emotional body. I listen to my physical body. These silent conversations with myself are sacred. They are ritual. I respond through movement. These are solo experiences in public space. Sensuous baths to cleanse each of my three bodies.

PRODUCTION CREDITS: Victor Rei Brown, Cinematographer

Movement Response Journal No 1-3, 2020

Video Runtime: 01:00

SYNOPSIS: Documentation of movement responses to emotions during this extended time of isolation. These experiments are part research and part practice of vulnerable self-awareness. These experimental videos will inform future performances and films. The aim is to emote, discover, and develop new ways of sharing my sacred moments in solitude.

PRODUCTION CREDITS: Victor Rei Brown, Cinematographer

BREATHE, 2020

Video Runtime: 00:31

SYNOPSIS: An experimental film from 2020 Bodega Bag Series

Bañera de Flora / Ritual Bath, 2019

Video Runtime: 04:31

SYNOPSIS: 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.

PRODUCTION CREDITS: Victor Rei Brown, Cinematographer

Ritual Bath no. 4 / Ritual Bath no. 3, 2019

Video Runtime: 0:31 & 1:03

SYNOPSIS

Videos for large-scale (looped-play) projection from Ritual Bath series.

PRODUCTION CREDITS

Victor Rei Brown, Cinematographer

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
  • 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

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
  • Earth Mother

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

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

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

    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
  • Womb Rebirth

    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
  • 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
    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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