Daniel Brooking

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Monet's Garden, 2010 Silk Shibori
Chrysalis, 2010 Silk Shibori
Paddy Roller's Moon, 2010 Digital Print 20"X16"
Blue Mediation Shibori On Silk
Turmeric Spice Shibori On Silk
Divide the Land From the Sea Digitial Print
Chrome Digital Print
Digital Print
Digital Print
Quick Facts
mixed-media, photography, digital, figurative

As a member and Archivist of Black Artists of DC (BADC), I interact with experienced artists from many fields and I am exposed to new techniques. BADC members, James and Audrey Brown, introduced me to textile arts, the wonders of Japanese shibori and silk. My creative juices always flow when I acquire new information and new artistic skills. My silk works in Common Bond,  Mixed Media Reflections, and the Stars Textile Arts Exhibition were a result of this new knowledge.

My work is often hard edged because I like images to be well defined. None of my work is sketched or preplanned. I may appear to simply start but only because I have been jarred out of the day-to-day world by an intriguing idea. For me, light and color create an intimate dance.

I am influenced by the senses, all of them. A good meal can inspire as well as a fine sculpture or a fabric's weave. Touch, sight, sound, taste and smell all reach me and stir my imagination. I believe art should stir the senses, delight the eye and intrigue the mind. I follow the spirit of Sankofa, reaching back into the past to find a memory, bring it forward to inform my art and make it new. I am fascinated by masks and their place in traditional cultures as well as the "masks" we wear everyday in our modern world. With the aid of the computer, I produced a series of original masks. My masks represent a pantheon of gods and goddesses both benevolent and sinister. They are influenced by my travels to Africa, Asia, South America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, and the American west.

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