This is 5 Questions. Each week, we send five questions to an artist featured in Under the Radar, our weekly email highlighting the best art on the ArtSlant network. This week we seek answers from Mitsuko Brooks.
What are you trying to communicate with your work?
You can make art to document your experiences and provide relief from trauma. It’s ok to struggle with mental health. That doesn’t make you a bad person nor qualify your work as bad art. You can be institutionalized multiple times yet still fit into the “sane” working society. You can survive with a strong network of support. Living with addiction is a daily setback even when in remission. It’s ok to feel like an outsider and it’s ok to cry. You can make small work that is enormously large in presence.
Rainbow Sighting on Bus
What is an artist’s responsibility?
To be honest.
To be kind.
To share opportunities with and encourage your artist friends.
Show us the greatest thing you ever made (art or not)?
The Meal of Death, The Wheel of Light, 2016, Scrap wood, spirit doll handmade by artist (human hair, rice, sage, wire, cloth), banana peel, orange rind, tarot box lid, house paint, oil, eucalyptus leaves, bark, 42” diameter
Tell us about a work you want to make but never will:
Giant collage/assemblages over four feet wide in both directions due to the patriarchal associations of having to make big work to make it. I will probably go and make large work one day though...never say never.
Reenacting Trauma II, 2017
Who are three artists we should know but probably don’t?
—The ArtSlant Team
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(Image at top: Reenacting Trauma, 2017)
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