ART – BREAKING
Sarah E. Brook
Sculpted sandpaper, dry pigment and acrylic on canvas
48 x 22 x 3 inch
Part of the MAISON 10 group exhibition QUEER PRIDE LOVE
June 9th – August 17th, 2019
Sarah E. Brook was born in Reno, Nevada and works in Brooklyn, New York. Her sculptures and installations engage both internal and external expanses, exploring how vastness can dismantle limiting narratives of being. She grew up in the Nevada desert, a geography that offers the now radical opportunity to experience the self as governed by geological time/space, not sociocultural time/space. She placed herself within that expanse often, as a way to meet gender and queer identities that didn’t fit within her community. This biography threads through her work.
Her pieces oscillate between objects and perceptual experimentation. Using materials that evoke the stripped-down, distilled and bare qualities of the desert, she utilizes translucency, layering, color gradients and architectural references to explore the relationship between expansive external and internal space. Raw and painted fields meet sculptural/structural gestures in a continuous juxtaposition of the expansive with the particular. Some works are spare self-portraits, renderings of simplified, uncategorized being, known through vast ground.
Each installation offers multiple angles of alignment, suggesting that a viewer find their own resonant physical, perceptual and psychical orientation to a piece within and through its environment. She wants her work to be felt externally by a body in space as it’s felt internally by the psyche, creating a kind of metaphysical proprioception. She favors a human scale and strives to be generous, offering viewers multiple points of entry. This generosity is ultimately a transgressive act, relocating the power of identification within the individually-defined experience of the self.
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