Ethel Brown, Artist – St. John’s

Born in the Philippines, Ethel Brown immigrated to the island of Newfoundland in 1987. Her photographs are predominantly documentary and storytelling in nature; they explore themes of belonging, home, motherhood, and everydayness. In 2021, she was an artist-in-residence at Eastern Edge Artist-Run Centre with a subsequent exhibition in 2022. She has gone on to exhibit at The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery, to win an Arts & Letters Award in 2022, and participate in the 2023 iteration of the Bonavista Biennale. Currently, her work is part of the group show Making Home Here, which is exhibiting at Grenfell Art Gallery until March 15.

  1. Family and our everyday

Most of my work is centred around my family and our home. My family – immediate, extended, and chosen – are important to me. A lot of my family are still living in the Philippines. I dream of the day when we can go and visit.

  1. Linen

I’ve been seeking out linen clothes more and more over the last few years. As I get older, comfortable clothing has become non-negotiable, and clothes made out of linen are so comfortable! I recently dusted off my sewing machine that had been stored for the last fifteen years. I’ve started sewing small projects, and I’m slowly warming up to the idea of eventually attempting to make a few simple pieces of clothing for me and my kids.

  1. Light

When you make and create images with a camera, you must be attuned to the light. Composing and photographing becomes so exciting when you pay attention to how the light falls around you. Light is magic!

  1. Sourdough bread

We started making our own sourdough breads about six or seven years ago. It’s quite a process, but one that has become part of the rhythm of our home-life. It’s a day-long process of mixing, letting it rest and rise, kneading it, and repeating some of the process. The best part comes the next day when baking happens and you can smell the most wondrous aroma wafting out of the oven. Once the bread is finished baking and has cooled down a smidge, we all gather around the table in great anticipation. The moment has come where we all get to finally savour a warm slice (or two, or three) slathered with jam (and butter for some) of our choosing.

  1. Peace

To work for peace is to uproot war from ourselves.
– Thich Nhat Hanh