Becky Brown was born in Manhattan, and lived in Brooklyn and the Bronx before relocating to Buffalo in 2019. She received her BA from Brown University (Providence, RI) with a double major in Visual Arts and English, and her MFA in Painting from Hunter College (NYC).
She works between painting, drawing, sculpture and installation using found images, objects and texts. Diverse materials inform her practice, including pre-modern poetic forms, current headlines, photo-journalism and discarded appliances. Both 2D and 3D compositions depend on a logic of squishing things together. For Becky, density and excess best address the bottomless internet, as she questions whether unlimited access to information and communication actually brings us deeper knowledge or human connection.
Recent solo exhibitions include Arts+Leisure Gallery (NYC) and Fort Gondo Complex for the Arts (St. Louis). Group exhibitions include The Drawing Center (NYC), Queens Museum (NYC), Freight+Volume Gallery (NYC), Flux Factory (NYC), NARS Foundation (Brooklyn, NY), YoungArts Foundation (Miami, FL) and Religare Arts Initiative (Delhi, India). Her installation “No, said the Fruit Bowl,” in the kitchen of an abandoned home on Governors Island, was described by Ken Johnson in his New York Times review as “machines vomiting as if in a bulimic’s nightmare.” Becky has been an artist-in-residence at MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Jentel, and the Edward Albee and Saltonstall Foundations, among others. In 2018, she received a “Bronx Recognizes Its Own” Award from the Bronx Council on the Arts. Her art criticism has been published in Art in America and The Brooklyn Rail.