Famous in the art community for putting her body through uncomfortable, at times painful, situations to create provocative performances, Millie Brown’s work probes an ongoing conversation about discomfort and beauty—how a bridge can be built between the two and challenge viewers’ expectations along the way.
She’s puked on Lady Gaga, both live at SXSW and in her Nick Knight-directed Monster Ball film, wilted for seven days straight on a bed of live flowers, swung upside down like a pendulum, hung crystals from her suspended body, and, now, transformed into a human candle, acting as a wick for layers of hot wax to mold onto.
The heated spectacle took place at Brown’s Halloween gathering with Tara Subkoff, where the two joined forces to curate a full evening of feminist art installations. Brown recruited fellow performance artist Willard Cron to drip the hot wax down her body, allowing it to solidify before an audience of everyone from Moby to Brooke Candy, Marilyn Manson to Rose McGowan. Watch a clip, below: