Meet the Artist: iROZEALb (iona rozeal brown)
Estimate $45,000. An artist and DJ, iROZEALb (iona rozeal brown), samples and remixes contemporary imagery and influences, mashing up elements of African-American and Japanese cultures in works that probe issues of race, class, and gender. Among the numerous references that surface in her paintings are hip-hop, Japanese ukiyo-e prints, and street art.
Work is unframed
Image rights: © iROZEALb (iona rozeal brown). Courtesy the artist, Edward Tyler Nahem Fine Art & Salon94.
iROZEALb is the artist and DJ name of Iona Rozeal Brown, who brings together Asian and African-American aesthetic traditions in diverse, multimedia paintings and collages, fusing imagery of Japanese woodcutting, geishas, and kabuki with modern hip-hop and vogue-ing figures. Her works point to common formal elements across cultures—the flat colors and compositions seen in both woodcuts and comic books, or the similarities between the Japanese geisha and contemporary video vixens—thus challenging the idea of any singular identity. She likens her cultural mashups to remixes, and earned wide critical acclaim for her performance “Battle of Yestermore” at Performa ’11, in which vogue-ing legends Benny and Javier Ninja performed in traditional kabuki costuming.
American, b. 1966, Washington, D.C., based in New York, New York