Penny Leong Browne is an artist, curator and writer who lives and works in Vancouver, Canada. Her writing and art explores the practices of salvaging and the abject through the acts of giving and the socio-cultural complexities of the gift beyond commodified economies. She is especially interested in the aesthetic representation of everyday objects and how their production and consumption can be interpreted and intercepted in socially creative ways. Her critical texts and prose works have appeared in various academic and literary journals such as Inderscience, Front Magazine, Capilano Review and Circulating Contexts – Curating Media / Net / Art, and Kapsula.. Her art work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally at various galleries including the Surrey Art Gallery, Western Front, Charles H. Scott Gallery, Richmond Art Gallery, Performa 07 (NYC) and the Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts and the Ontario Science Centre / Idea Gallery.
Alongside writing and making art, she is also a passionate homeschool mentor sharing her love for art, science and interdisciplinary explorations with young learners. With an academic background that includes undergraduate degrees in Geography (UBC), Fine Arts (Painting / ECI) and more recently a Master of Applied Arts (Media) from the Emily Carr University of Art and Design, her approach towards her own work and teaching is interdisciplinary, spanning visual arts, history, social geography, literary studies, critical theory and philosophy.
Whether it’s in creative work, mentoring or in her ongoing commitment towards fundraising for the arts, she believes that work practices, learning experiences and the creative process can be brought together in powerful and engaging ways of giving. Her current and in-progress philanthropic projects include an Emerging Designers Award for Goodhauss and Fulfyl, an online commerce platform for ethically-made goods that incorporates giving at both stages of their production and consumption.