Some of you may remember my references to “guinea pig number one,” my dearly missed collaborator, who served as both a cheerleader and brave taste tester of my first vegetarian and vegan creations. She was my chief advisor on all the ingredients (agave nectar, Braggs and nutritional yeast to name a few) I was completely unfamiliar with until she and Tal Ronnen came into my life. I was fascinated by the fact that she had never once eaten a bite of meat in her life, and devastated when she moved back to England – until she pointed out I was trading one of the talented Brown sisters for another, artist Millie Brown.
I’ve been dying to introduce you to little sister Millie for ages, but couldn’t quite figure out how her performance art would gel with a food oriented blog. You see, Millie gained artistic notoriety for vomit painting (or as I prefer to call it, puking rainbows) most notably in collaboration with the likes of Lady Gaga, SHOWstudio’s Nick
WARNING: PG-W rated – not acceptable viewing for young children or the weak of stomach
Knight, and director Ruth Hogben. Her controversial work, to me anyway, while phenomenally original is also brilliantly reminiscent of a modern take on Jackson Pollock‘s lashings of paint on canvas, only in the case of Gaga, the canvas was a long white frock she happened to be wearing at the time.
As with all the three of Brown sisters, Millie is incredibly photogenic, and a beloved muse for many of her cutting edge contemporaries in fashion, music and art (including jewelry designer Dominic Jones, highly acclaimed by both Vogue editor and chief Anna Wintour and Chanel fashion designer Karl Lagerfield following his first collection in 2009). Millie commands the kind of ethereal glamour in portraits previously reserved for Hollywood movie stars of the golden era.
But don’t expect the two films, Celestial Bodies and hermAPHRODITE, along with her photographic prints in her American debut exhibition to be any less provocative than her earlier work. The exhibition will open with a VIP reception on June 7th, then open to the public June 8th – July 8, 2012 at the Illoulian Contemporary in West Hollywood. Celestial Bodies provides “an introspective into the artists’ interpretation of gender and sexuality, inspired by dreams and astrological ties to the subconscious mind.”
Click the video above to hear about the exhibition in Millie’s own words, and check out these groovy cupcakes Millie made for Guinea Pig Number One’s birthday. You know I love when art meets food.
Vegan Mexican Hot Chocolate Cupcakes
1 tablespoon ground flax seed meal (optional)
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoon corn flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
pinch of cayenne (we used double/triple as we like em spicy!!)
1 cup granulated Sugar
1/3 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
icing and sprinkles for decorating, optional