WILTING POINT (2014)

Featured Long Durational Work

Wilting Point (2014), Millie Brown

Duration: Seven days

Text by Karina Kirnos
Photographs by Lauren Dillard

During the Frieze Art Fair in New York City, performance artist Millie Brown laid amongst live flowers at the Refinery Hotel. The performance space was set up in front of a large window on the first floor and the audience was able to see through it a pasture of flowers in which the artist lay naked 24 hours a day for seven days.

For the duration of the performance, Brown did not eat and lay motionless in a deep meditative state. Brown has declared “Wilting Point” to be one of the most challenging pieces she has ever performed. She told V Magazine that she believes endurance allows the artist to reach a place in his or her mind that is “powerful, liberating, and human.”

Photograph by Lauren Dillard

Photograph by Lauren Dillard



Photograph by Flo Kohl

Photograph by Flo Kohl

Millie Brown is a British performance artist who began her career at the age of 17. A founding member of London’s !WOWOW! collective which has produced such luminary talents as fashion designer Gareth Pugh and artist and photographer Matthew Stone, Millie Brown has been hailed as one of the new YBAs (Young British Artists) and is an intrinsic part of the youth talent pool that makes London, England one of the cultural hot beds of the world.

Millie’s international background and love of color has led to a global exploration of artistic expression. She is primarily renowned for her colorful performances where she ‘vomits rainbows’ in various forms of media; live, short film, and on canvas. Millie is now gaining attention internationally and showcasing her works and performances worldwide, having collaborated with other innovative talents such as Nick Knight, Ruth Hogben, and Lady Gaga on a performance film for Gaga’s Monsterball Tour. This collaborative piece with Gaga was later exhibited at the SHOWstudio gallery, was showcased worldwide throughout the tour, and was included on the Emmy award winning documentary, Lady Gaga’s “Monster Ball Tour at Madison Square Garden." Her website can be found here.