Concurrently on view in the project room, Thinkspace is pleased to present The Wild Ones, featuring new work by Virginia based artist Catherine Brooks. Brooks' work is driven by a fascination with the mythological, and an interest in the potential significance of myth to the representation of identity. The artist's work is sensual and physical, focusing on corporeal imagery as a locus of meaning for the self. Deeply interested in the philosophical dimensions of the personal, Brooks creates work from impulse and empathy, exploring the boundaries between the self and the other, the wild and the contained. Viewing Brooks' work one is left with a sense of holistic mysticism, as the artist incorporates imagery from the natural world that at times engulfs or seems to consume its subjects. The artist sensually explores the themes of love, self, other, and becoming, with a sensitivity to the historical archetypes of myth and to the conventions of pathetic fallacy.
Informed by her personal and sensitive identification with nature, the artist's imagery often incorporates elements of the natural world as a thematic foil to activate the figurative. The association invokes a cyclical order of being, and by proxy a cyclical model of the "self", central to the mythological structure. The natural elements in her work are evasively metaphorical, and their incorporation suggests a contemporary revitalization of the devices used in allegorical painting. Brooks' beautifully rendered figures seem intensely tactile and proximate. They are hyper-real renderings of sensual subjectivities; holistic in their obvious connection to the continually fugitive larger "something", and yet intimate in the seductive minutiae of their details.
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