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About mymyriadmuse

Monica J. Brown is a multi-disciplinary artist.

Don’t Forget to Breathe…

It seems that the breath is the first place we become disconnected from the body—in daily life, in stressful situations, in over-concentration. The breath is also a wonderful tool to bring you back to the moment, to bring you back … Continue reading

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Spring is coming!

Daylight sayings time is one of my favorite times of the year. I think of it as a holiday. During the dark nights of the winter months, I tend to hibernate. The longer nights seem to signal to my psyche … Continue reading

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TRUTH VS FACTS

“…[T]he act of imagination is bound up with memory. You know, they straightened out the Mississippi River in places, to make room for houses and livable acreage. Occasionally the river floods these places. ‘Floods’ is the word they use, but … Continue reading

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Toni Morrison

In my last post I spoke about deciding between three amazing women/artists to focus my next semester of work in The History of Interdisciplinary Arts at Columbia. In this post I will tell you why I chose Toni Morrison. Or rather, as I … Continue reading

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Nina, Toni, Ntozake

In my History of Interdisciplinary Arts course at Columbia College, we will be focusing on a time and place in history, and each student will choose an artist on which to focus their inquiry. We were asked to pick a decade and … Continue reading

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Partner Thai Bodywork Workshop

On Saturday, February 16, from 5-7pm, I will be leading a Partner Thai Bodywork Workshop at Tula Yoga in Logan Square. What is Thai Bodywork? It is an ancient energy-based healing system which, like yoga, helps to bring the mind/body/spirit complex back into … Continue reading

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Branch & Bough

“Branch & Bough” is a project that has been in the works for many years. It’s beginnings lie in a seed that was planted many years ago, across the oceans of time and space, in the land that birthed the first … Continue reading

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A Creative Push

  This semester at Columbia College, I took on an Independent Project working with the CreativePush Collective in composing a full-length performance piece to be featured in RhinoFest 2013. CreativePush is run by Jenny Magnus and Sherry Antonini who are both faculty members at Columbia. These two play an … Continue reading

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Elements Of Typographic Style

Musing through Robert Bringhurst’s The Elements of Typographic Style… Yes, I know, it doesn’t sound altogether appealing as reading material—there will inevitably be technical mumbo-jumbo, which will only make sense in practical application. However, I found it to be quite poetically … Continue reading

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Cultural Symbiosis

In my Art as Discourse class at Columbia, we read excerpts from Frantz Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth and Mina Cheon’s Shamanism + Cyberspace. Frantz Fanon, 1925-1961, was a Martinique-born, Algerian writer, psychiatrist, philosopher, and revolutionary. His writings have been influential in post-colonial studies, Marxism, and … Continue reading

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