"Pulse & Slant"
Showing: January 28 – February 24, 2023
“I see the world as layers of structure and surface, one upon the other. These concepts drive my work. Made of frame-like boxes constructed of wood and canvas and filled with sculptural structures and mixed media materials, they are in essence wall sculptures that create a strong architectural presence.
My work is material driven and explores interesting and unique materials. I consider the world my art supply store. I am fascinated with hardware. To me, hardware is sculpture, architecture, jewelry. Combining hardware with textured epoxy surfaces and other construction materials like tubing, rope, industrial insulation, and more, provides exciting challenges and unending possibilities. These surfaces and materials create intricate patterns. Everyday objects transform into new and visually exciting combinations that become "something else."
With each new idea comes a new learning process. I am constantly learning “how to make my art”. How can I use the newly discovered materials or tools to express a particular concept? How do I combine certain materials? How can I attach or assemble these materials? I find this aspect of my work extremely challenging and exciting.
My work is spontaneous and controlled, playful and serious, my own personal yin and yang. Creating these constructed worlds is a mystical event for me. Although the ideas flow from one piece to the other, there are always surprises. Art is the magic of my life and like magic the excitement comes from not knowing what wonderful, new idea, object or material will appear and exactly what will happen next.”
Carol Brookes’ artwork has been featured in solo and group exhibitions in galleries and cultural centers throughout the United States.
To see more of her work, visit Carol’s website at www.carolbrookes.com