Carol Brookes, a Chicago artist, lives and works in the West Loop where she creates her mixed media wall sculptures. Carol started as a painter and received a BFA in painting and drawing from the University of Miami, Florida and a MA in Painting from the University of Northern Iowa. Carol often painted on constructed forms and over the years her work became more and more three-dimensional. While teaching at the University of Northern Iowa, she received her MFA in Multi-Media Art from the University of Iowa. There she explored new materials and concepts.
“PULSE” examines the hemisphere as a structure, the ordinary forms we see each day in their many incarnations, such as an egg, a pod, an eye, the earth, planets, and domes. The many concepts that these forms evoke are explored in the series, including thoughts and insights into life, birth, and the mystical and mysterious. All of the works in “PULSE” involve repetition, a visually stabilizing force. In addition to the multiple hemispheres, she has also created repetition of forms in groups of structures that are the same size. These pieces are presented in sets of two, three or larger sets forming rows or grids. The groupings establish relationships between the forms and surfaces – one to the other – and set up visual identities, similarities and differences that can be compared and contrasted.
This series evolved from an earlier group of works, the CONSTRUCT SERIES. These works are comprised of layers of mixed media materials and surfaces, combined with everyday objects, such as cut nails, hooks, tacks or mesh combined with organic papers and materials. The materials are tied, glued, screwed, zipped, strung or nailed together, unifying them in a way that causes both tension and harmony.
The Orland Park Public Library exhibition CAROL BROOKES "Constructed Worlds" includes works from both the Construct Series and the Pulse Series. Carol has created sixteen new works for this exhibition, four sets of four pieces, all 15" square.
Carol Brookes will also have two solo exhibitions later this year at Mclarry Modern Gallery, Santa Fe ,NM and at Viridian Artists Gallery in Chelsea, NY.