TED Speaker tobacco brown is a social impact artist working at the public intersection of environmental art and restorative justice. tobacco paints the landscape with the authentic medium of flora and fauna. She initiates living art installations from nature's products and materials with the intention of creating a collective consciousness that results in invigorated and balanced communities. Her art making focuses on environmental art as a tool for creating civic engagement in diverse cultural ecosystems, promoting curated green projects and proposing platforms for blight remediation and site specific creative placemaking. Her work supports historical gardening traditions, anthropological textile art of black women quilters and oral WPA testimonies of the slave narratives collected in Tennessee and throughout the deep South.
Her professional practice seeks expression inside of cultural examination, community engagement and the healing ritual. tobacco focuses on honoring the history of the past with new hope for the future. tobacco brown is seeking global engagement for project ideation, immersive environmental and social impact art projects, site specific creative placemaking and shapeshifting cultural curation for other content opportunities. She continues to extend and expand her evolving narrative towards a globally rooted “human ecosystem.” tobacco encourages the public to envision themselves being part of a greater community, made of people who are as passionate about their art and healing as she is. This conversation creating renewed, transformative sites for art exhibition, public discourse, community engagement, human compassion and shared social practice.