Defining a cultural identity is often complex and seemingly elusive, in that it evolves, shifts and appears to lack definition. Though the language we use when discussing cultural identity often emphasizes differentiation and can sometimes get confused, the immediate elements, objects, and lived spaces from which our individuality derives are wonderfully fixed. My paintings represent the simultaneity of difference and convergence of my cultural back ground with that of my partner. For me, one of the cites for this interaction is the kitchen. It is often the locus of the home, the place where families interact rather than retreat to their individual rooms. In the merging of two cultures (two kitchens) that my partner and I represent, a path is found where dissimilar objects and spaces interact. In this stew of origins, a shared identity is slowly uncovered.

About Andrew Brown:

Andrew grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, the son of educators.  In 2005, he completed his B.A. with Honors in painting at Towson University.  After completing his degree, He moved to Shanghai, China for the next four years, working as an English instructor at several different Universities and schools.  Upon acceptance to Louisiana State University for graduate school, he moved back to the States. He completed his M.F.A. in painting and drawing during the Spring of 2013, receiving the Dean's Medal for academic excellence. After completing his degree he worked as an adjunct instructor of foundations at L.S.U.   He is currently a full-time Instructor of Foundations and Graduate Faculty at Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton.