Architectural scale models and sculptures have played a crucial role in aiding architects in their exploration of design possibilities, facilitating the communication of complex ideas, and bringing depth to two-dimensional drawings. Throughout history, from the ancient cities and temples of various civilizations to the intricate cathedrals of the Renaissance and the grand palaces of the Baroque era, architectural models have given tangible form to an architect's vision of new structures and cityscapes. These models continue to be essential in contemporary town planning and urban development. Beyond their practical applications, architectural miniatures have also unlocked the potential for creating imaginative and fantastical structures, pushing the boundaries of what is structurally and feasibly possible in the real world.
In her most recent body of work, Brown uses architectural forms and impossible structures to explore the mysterious realms of imagination and themselves in the creative possibilities of the unknown. Geometric shapes and silhouettes are paired with a minimal colour palette and sumptuous gold detailing to allude to the aesthetics of ancient monuments and utopian cityscapes, as though each sculpture has been bleached white by the sun whilst holding precious relics from another time. “Creative escapism can provide relief from the stresses of daily life and help us to dream of stronger connections to ourselves, others and the world around us,” Brown says. “The abstract forms, impossible structures and gold detailing allows the viewer to let go of the constraints of reality and enter into a world where anything is possible.”