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Aimee Brown

Aimee Brown, BFA, MFA

Assistant Professor, Foundations, 3D and Extended Media

Visual Arts

Abbotsford campus, C1402j

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As a project-based artist, Aimée Henny Brown’s studio research manifests through printed matter in flat, spatial, and time-sensitive manners. Archives, historical documents and photo-based media are activated through collage treatments, encouraging a liminal space where print and paper transcend their material qualities and shift from their original meaning. Her practice addresses both the history and fate of printed matter as tangible elements in a virtual era 

Calling into question established image-based representations of romantic landscapes and the Anthropocene; Aimée’s work operates as a catalyst to consider the veracity of the printed image and current events, while reconciling the kitschy, absurd aesthetics of bygone science-fiction narratives. Recently, her work has examined fallout shelters; historically a quaint, even paranoid addendum to the mid-century modern home. Given current self-isolation protocols, pandemic hoarding, and a proliferation of survivalists and doomsday preppers, domestic bunkers are a culturally significant symbol once again.  

The goal and challenge of her most recent work is to transport viewers from a nostalgic view of past architectural styles and emergency shelters into a critical examination of contemporary nuclear distress and imagined refuge, beyond the limits of colonial printed matter – to a space of no-one.  In addressing bunkers and survivalism, Brown’s aim is not to romanticise the conditions of dystopic preparedness recently confronted, but to encourage consideration of what we have survived, witnessed and endured, in an effort to confront and imagine what could be.

Aimée Henny Brown, an artist and educator of settler ancestry, completed her BFA at the University of Alberta and obtained her Masters in Fine and Media Arts at NSCAD University. Aimée’s artistic practice engages archives, research and printed matter to question historical content within her contemporary art practice. She has received several awards and grants, notably the Joseph Beuys Scholarship for Artistic Merit and several Canada Council Production Grants. Her collages, drawings, performances and bookworks have been presented nationally and internationally, with group shows in Germany, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, and solo exhibitions across Canada. She has attended numerous artist residencies in North America.  Represented by the Vancouver Art Gallery Art Rental and Sales program and Ian Tan’s Online Art Gallery (OAG), Aimée is an Assistant Professor: foundations, 3D and extended media with the University of the Fraser Valley.



MFA degree in fine and media arts from NSCAD University, 2007

Undergraduate degree, BFA with distinction, from the University of Alberta, 2003

Small Business Certificate, EMBERS Vancouver Entrepreneurial Start-Up Incubator, 2014

Teaching Interests

Foundations 3D/Sculpture, Foundations Extended Media, Art Theory & Cultural Criticism, Drawing (all levels), Community Art Practices/Socially Engaged Art Practices, Bookmedia (all levels), Printmaking (all levels), Professional Practices, Art & Archives

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