By Amber Cox, Staff Contributor
Millie Brown, a Los Angeles-based performance artist, is blazing new trails in the art world with a medium known as puke or vomit art.
Yes, vomit art.
Brown’s particular medium of art involves abstaining from food for roughly two days, to prevent the colored soy milk she then consumes from mingling with food or anything else, and then basically vomiting the colored milk onto canvases.
Brown told Elle that she came up with the idea because, “I wanted to use my body to create a performance that was about the beauty from inside out. I came up with the idea of actually vomiting a rainbow using my body as a tool to create paintings.”
Brown went on to say that she has explored many mediums of art, but performance art –more importantly performance vomit art – speaks to her the most.
Her latest work, “Nexus Vomitius,” involves her drinking a variety of colored milk and then throwing them up onto a canvas while accompanied by opera singers. The finished piece, I think, is actually quite lovely. Her pieces typically sell for around $20,000.
And up until about two weeks ago, Brown was best known for her finesse with vomiting up colorful milk.
However, after a recent performance of “Swine” with Lady Gaga at SXSW, which consisted of Brown puking green and black soy milk all over the singer while both rode a big mechanical pig, both singer and artist faced major backlashed as accusations of the performance being a glamorization of bulimia have been slung.
Demi Lovato, one of the performance’s biggest haters, took to the popular form of modern communication, Twitter, and tweeted that: “putting the word ART in it isn’t a free card to do whatever you want without consequences.”
But isn’t it?
I’m not claiming that anything for the sake of art is acceptable, but who’s not to say vomit art is?
I typically operate under the understanding that controversy is, but not always, inherent to art as controversy hinges on differences – differences in perception, expectation, and even in differences in comfort with the unfamiliar. And differences are inherent to humanity.
Basically, art should be faced with the understanding that, for some, it is a vehicle to express, communicate, and or develop one’s imagination, beliefs, values, and or emotions.
And sometimes, you just aren’t going to get it.