Some of you may remember my references to “guinea pig number one,” my dearly missed collaborator, who served as both a cheerleader and brave taste tester of my first vegetarian and vegan creations. She was my chief advisor on all the ingredients (agave nectar, Braggs and nutritional yeast to name a few) I was completely unfamiliar with until she and Tal Ronnen came into my life. I was fascinated by the fact that she had never once eaten a bite of meat in her life, and devastated when she moved back to England – until she pointed out I was trading one of the talented Brown sisters for another, artist Millie Brown.

Millie Brown & Julie Anne RhodesMillie Brown & Julie Anne Rhodes

I’ve been dying to introduce you to little sister Millie for ages, but couldn’t quite figure out how her performance art would gel with a food oriented blog. You see, Millie gained artistic notoriety for vomit painting (or as I prefer to call it, puking rainbows) most notably in collaboration with the likes of Lady Gaga, SHOWstudio’s Nick

WARNING: PG-W rated – not acceptable viewing for young children or the weak of stomach

Knight, and director Ruth Hogben. Her controversial work, to me anyway, while phenomenally original is also brilliantly reminiscent of a modern take on Jackson Pollock‘s lashings of paint on canvas, only in the case of Gaga, the canvas was a long white frock she happened to be wearing at the time.

As with all the three of Brown sisters, Millie is incredibly photogenic, and a beloved muse for many of her cutting edge contemporaries in fashion, music and art (including jewelry designer Dominic Jones, highly acclaimed by both Vogue editor and chief Anna Wintour and Chanel fashion designer Karl Lagerfield following his first collection in 2009). Millie commands the kind of ethereal glamour in portraits previously reserved for Hollywood movie stars of the golden era.Artist Millie Browns' American debut exhibition

International artist Millie Browns’ American debut exhibition

But don’t expect the two films, Celestial Bodies and hermAPHRODITE, along with her photographic prints in her American debut exhibition to be any less provocative than her earlier work. The exhibition will open with a VIP reception on June 7th, then open to the public June 8th – July 8, 2012 at the Illoulian Contemporary in West Hollywood. Celestial Bodies provides “an introspective into the artists’ interpretation of gender and sexuality, inspired by dreams and astrological ties to the subconscious mind.”

Click the video above to hear about the exhibition in Millie’s own words, and check out these groovy cupcakes Millie made for Guinea Pig Number One’s birthday. You know I love when art meets food.

Vegan Mexican Hot Chocolate Cupcakes

Vegan Mexican Hot Chocolate Cupcakes

Recipe courtesy of the cookbook ‘Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World’
by
Isa Chandra Moskowitz & Terry Hope Romero

Servings: 6

Ingredients:

1 cup coconut milk
1 tablespoon ground flax seed meal (optional)
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoon corn flour
1/2 cup almond meal
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
pinch of cayenne (we used double/triple as we like em spicy!!)
1 cup granulated Sugar
1/3 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract, optional
icing and sprinkles for decorating, optional

Directions:

1). Preheat Oven to 350 degrees F. Line muffin tin with cupcake liners.
2). Whisk together coconut milk & flax seed meal and allow to sit for 10 minutes.
3). In another bowl sift together all purpose flour, corn flour, almond meal, , cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and cayenne.
4). Whisk sugar, canola oil, vanilla and almond extract into coconut milk mixture. Gently add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and blend gently until smooth.
5). Fill cupcake liners 3/4′s of the way, bake for 22-25 minutes until a knife or toothpick inserted into the center of one comes out clean.
6). Transfer to a cooling rack and allow to cool fully before decorating.
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  • June 5, 2012
    8:16 am

    I asked and I received – another phenonenal art post!!

    I can’t watch the videos until I get home, unfortunately, but from what you described, Jewels, WOW. Highly unique. Very VERY inspiring. How the heck did she come up with such an idea?

    And of course, she’s beautiful!

    I would love to get inside her brain to see how it ticks, I need some of that creative juice!

    And those cupcakes!!!

    • June 5, 2012
      2:03 pm

      I’ll see her on Thursday night, so I’ll ask her Jodi – I always wondered how that process came about too. That whole family are creative geniuses, and it’s interesting how they each found their own mediums to express themselves creatively.

  • June 5, 2012
    8:31 am

    To be honest, I thought I was going to be ‘grossed out’ watching this but when I gave it a try, it was just pure amazement and awe. Love the way you tied it back to food as well and will keep this recipe on hand for future! I could sit and listen to creative people talk all day! Thank you, ladies!

    • June 5, 2012
      9:06 am

      Look who’s talking, Ms. Artistic Baker Extraordinairre – your cupcakes are insane.

    • June 5, 2012
      1:46 pm

      I still have a little trouble with the bulimic art message, but I applaud anyone that original, and do love the painting – did you click through to the Gaga interlude video?

      I have a feeling you, your girls, and Millie would have a blast in the kitchen baking and decorating together. And, ditto what Jodi has to say about you madame.

  • June 5, 2012
    12:42 pm

    I really didn’t need to see cupcakes at this time of day. LOL Now, I want one in the worst way and am not going to make them lest I end up with a chocolate. It seems so difficult to stop at one. Haven’t looked at the video just yet, but I will. I love most art, but sometimes I’m better off not having a description to go by before seeing it. I am such a coward!

    • June 5, 2012
      1:52 pm

      I thought that until I watched it, and ended up enthralled. The video itself is so well conceptualized – I love that opening shot with the clean white set, the colored milk glasses, the opera singers in the background, and Millie looking stunning as always, but in complete juxtaposition in all black and big smokey eyes. I found it positively mesmerizing in the end.

  • June 5, 2012
    12:45 pm

    Awwww… Jewels, I SO miss being Guinea Pig No.1! It was certainly an honor to be your taste-tester, so lucky to try all those delicious veggie and vegan meals you made!
    Miss you and look forward to “helping you out” with any new recipes! PS I made these vegan cupcakes again for Tamzin’s bday and they are my favorite, I up the cayenne to a tsp as I love em extra HOT! xo

    • June 5, 2012
      1:53 pm

      Bbbbbbbbb! Daisy and I miss you – come back!

  • June 5, 2012
    1:26 pm

    I am not going to apologize for my opinion. That is just disgusting. I love art and always have an open mind about things but vomiting onto a canvas is just sickening and not beautiful. Abstract isn’t my cup of tea but I appreciate Jackson Pollack now and even Meredith Ostrom’s painting with her body. I do not have an admiration of Millie Brown for doing that. HOWEVER. Her “Celestial Bodies” collection does look so much better.

  • June 5, 2012
    1:58 pm

    Art should provoke, and not every work will be everyone’s cuppa, but the fact that you react so strongly to it is great in and of itself!

    I can’t wait to see the Celestial Bodies show – Millie is so young (she and Tatjana are contemporaries), so it’s exciting to watch her career unfold. She so impresses me – really intelligent, extremely talented and wildly original.

  • June 5, 2012
    3:30 pm

    I’m scared to watch the video. While I get the “concept” of vomiting art, I’m not sure I’m terribly interested in the reality of it! (At least not the actual creation)

    I will eventually watch. Maybe.

  • June 5, 2012
    3:43 pm

    OK. Watched a bit. Not as horrific as I expected, but I’m still uncomfortable with the possible message to women.

  • June 6, 2012
    8:13 am

    I know what you mean, I don’t think it is appropriate for impressionable young minds to watch (which is why I put the rating in the caption), but I think adults are capable of making the distinction between one artists expression and the feeling they might emulate that behavior if they watch it.

    I identify with and admire Millie. The rebel of the family anxious to experience life, including some of its darker underbelly, perhaps too young, but eventually finding a way to process and express it in a creative medium. She’s not afraid to be herself – no matter what people think, I love and applaud that about her.

    I’m so intrigued by the 2nd video! I can’t wait to see the show.

  • June 8, 2012
    2:48 pm

    Hmmmm…not really a fan of the vomiting piece, but I can see the art in it for sure. The second video looks interesting. I love the music that was playing – is that part of the exhibit? It’s very haunting and works well with the performance going on.

  • June 17, 2012
    12:48 pm

    hello there Julie Anne. i was trying to rememeber the name of the bread that you made those scrumptious looking croutons that you made..i can;t remember the name of the bread.Our grocery store does carry it,but i would like to be ready to use the same bread yo used.. so like the up comming recipes you have been showing,this week i will be looking foward to bying your book on-line.once i get it i will let you know and will most definetly use a dish of somekind in there and brag to you too about what everyone thinks..hugs to you <3

  • November 1, 2012
    7:31 am

    These are all such great projects! Love this challenge it always pushes me to get something done!