Slash & Burn
Mixed media wall sculpture, 2011
Signed on the verso
22 x 22 x 4 inches
This mixed media wall sculpture is made from acrylic, canvas, handmade paper, mesh, bolts, nails, leather cord, and chain in a wood and canvas structure.
Slash & Burnexplores layers. This work was created as two layers of art. The bottom painting was created and covered with another painting that was literally slashed with a knife and the edges burned with a torch. An additional layer of hardware and leather cord was added to constrain the layers below.
The artwork of Carol Brookes has been featured in solo and group exhibitions in galleries and cultural centers throughout the United States, including the Viridian Gallery in New York City, the McLarry Modern Gallery in Santa Fe, Illinois Central College in East Peoria, the Maryland Federation of Art in Annapolis, the B. J. Spoke Gallery in Huntington, New York, the University of North Iowa in Cedar Falls, the Women’s Center in Los Angeles, and the Miami Metropolitan Museum and Art Center. Her works are included in both private and corporate collections.
Carol Brookes received an MFA in Multi-Media Art from the University of Iowa. She spent four years teaching at various colleges in Florida and six years teaching at the University of Northern Iowa.
Carol’s history has taken her from paintings with thick textural surfaces, to cardboard wall and floor sculptures to textured handmade paper to tactile wall ceramics to her current works, constructions which incorporate many of these materials into three dimensional wall collages. Some of these works are encased in Plexiglas and others combine with three-dimensional structures.
No matter where the work starts, it always becomes a combination of painting and sculpture ... always seeming like it is going to move off the wall.
In her most recent work, Carol is drawn to all kinds of construction materials and metallic surfaces and forms. These surfaces and forms can be everyday objects, such as cut nails, hooks, tacks, mesh or metallic sheets. When arranged together, they become precious and jewel-like, beckoning the viewer to touch as well as look. The work is spontaneous and controlled, playful and serious. It is a process of a creative yin and yang for the artist.
Creating an artwork is a mystical event for me. Although the ideas flow from one layer to another and 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 exactly what will happen next.
I see the world as layers of structure and surface, one upon the other, building the textures of life. Each work can have four, five, six layers or more. Each layer is it’s own creation. The layer talks to me, eliciting a response and often the response is another layer, building upon the forms and surface to create something new. It’s like building a city or a house, a space to be in.
My work is material driven and constantly evolving. I consider the world my art supply store. With each new idea comes a new learning process. I am constantly learning how to make my art. How do I use the new materials or tools that I have discovered to express a particular concept? How do I combine certain materials? How can I attach or assemble these new materials? I find this aspect of my work extremely challenging and exciting.