Two people reach out to touch Big Softie’s guts, which are soft and dimpled and made from stuffed knee socks and nylon stockings, and examine the Unidentified Remains that are scattered amongst them. At the centre of it all lies Big Softie’s heart, a red patchwork soft sculpture with tendrils extending outward.
Two people reach out to touch Big Softie’s guts, which are soft and dimpled and made from stuffed knee socks and nylon stockings, and examine the Unidentified Remains that are scattered amongst them. At the centre of it all lies Big Softie’s heart, a red patchwork soft sculpture with tendrils extending outward.

Valentin Brown

Valentin Brown creates “soft body horror” – a mythology of monsters that live on the “Body Farm.” Using mixed media images and sculpture, Valentin pieces together a Mad gaze: a way of seeing that encompasses what some might call a combination of autism, gender dysphoria, and PTSD. This lens of “Madness” reframes Valentin’s experiences with awe, humour, and hope in a way that exists outside of medical models, and affirms that Madness is not a pathology, but an invitation to pursue unexpected futures.

“Body Farm” is a multi-sensory experience that can also be explored in physical spaces though touch and audio. Accessibility features such as tactile sculpture and audio description are intrinsic to the world of the “Body Farm,” affectionately asserting that, like Mad-positivity, accessible arts practices are a doorway to vibrant new worlds.

Valentin lives in Hamilton, Ontario, and is a 2017 graduate of Visual and Creative Arts at Sheridan College. In 2019, Valentin was awarded the Won Lee Fellowship and the Intergenerational LGBT Artist Residency, and exhibited his first solo show, “Body Farm”, with Tangled Art + Disability. Valentin will be a participant of Centre3’s 2021 Emerging Artist Residency and will show a new solo exhibit of “Body Farm” at Hamilton Artists Inc. in spring of 2023.

Exhibitions

Art form
Visual Arts
Painting
Textiles
Sculpture
Sound Art
Installation
Writing

Community
Disabled
Mad
Fat
Queer
Trans

Location
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada