2013-14 Emerging Artist
What happens when our connection to a space is altered, severed, reconnected, short circuited? In other words, what happens when function turns to dysfunction, or rather, to re-function? We depend upon the predictable functionality of the spaces we inhabit, and often take for granted that the rules by which we evaluate our built environment will be consistent. At the core of Browning's studio practice is the desire to interrogate the symbols that pervade and control the way we experience public and domestic space. In what ways are these symbols permeable and permutable, and how does altering the object change the meaning of the symbol? Using objects as diverse as discarded clothing, traffic cones, and electrical plugs, Browning attempts to foil expectations of functional space, calling our attention back, unexpectedly, to the fragility and temporality of our lived space. Just as tactile sensation calls our attention to the realities of our lived bodies, making us aware of our corporeality, so dysfunction in our built environment makes us more aware of our physical presence in space.