Mills Brown (b. 1993) is a painter based in Oxford, UK. Featuring intimate interiors and swampy landscapes, Brown's work places female figures within dreamlike renderings of the American South. Mills holds an MFA in Studio Art from American University (2017) and a BA in English and Art History from Wofford College (2015). Selected exhibitions include Interiors at Latela Curatorial in Washington, DC (2019) and Welcome at Redux Contemporary Art Center in Charleston, SC (2021).
My studio practice has its roots in my childhood in the American South and a long-standing fascination with stories and myths. Themes of memory, family, and femininity surface throughout the work as I explore a tension between safety and threat. I am influenced by the Southern Gothic literary tradition and particularly enamored by this genre's use of the uncanny and supernatural. Recent figures in my work interact with an ethereal glow in roles that are both nurturing and fierce, warm and determined. In these rewritten visual myths, nurturance is power, and the feminine becomes heroic in her deep knowledge of self, body, and land.