tobacco brown is based in New York City and travels between artist residences, fellowships, workshops, conferences, and communities with shared philosophies. She is an emergent speaker and intuitive environmental advocate. tobacco brown creates works with, professional artist paints, natures materials, wood, paper, metal and industrial by products. In relationship to her social practice projects, civic engagement platforms and collaborations---we see how the journey of change, small and great triumphs, creates space for new excavations and insights. By inviting local communities to participate in a shared environmental public art that combines nature, installation art, written content, and oral history, her artform create spaces for collaboration, creative problem solving where innovation is born.
brown has created storytelling murals, reclaimed art installations, gardens for sculpture and public art, permaculture for international cultural community engagement projects that result in healthy, resilient and liberated communities. Her artistic language seeks to break the bonds of those oppressive narratives of societies with colonial affiliations. Her work as a cultural curator propels artistic immersion and has punctuated this emergence by inspiring others. In these challenging times it is vital for communities to work together to critically examine places of shared trauma and transform them into spaces for shared healing. tobacco's TED Talk "What gardening taught me about life" was published and launched on the ted.com homepage on May 31, 2018. Her talk has exceeded over one million views to date.