Artist StatementThrough my work with consumable and recyclable materials, I question the individual's adaptation to societal roles and explore my thoughts about critical stages in life. My deep interest in the human condition, and the effects of a lifetime of cultural expectations have led to my current body of work, which is both an artistic statement and social commentary. By engaging themes such as puberty, sexuality and the aging process, I question the choices we make as consumers passing through stages of life. Simultaneously, by using recyclable and cast off materials, I examine the cyclical nature of life, as well as its impermanence. By redefining the common use of these materials in everyday life, I question their role in society. By challenging our perception of history as linear and evolutionary, my sculptures invite the viewer to construct a personal history of real or fictional roles, played out in the imagination or in life choices.
Char Brooks: b. Lakewood, Ohio. Education: MFA, Maryland Institute College of Art, 2006;Surdna Scholarship 2003-2006, BFA, MICA,fibers; BS, UMCP,ceramics. Exhibitions: Sept-Oct 2007 "Char Brooks/Annie Waldrop", Rosenberg Gallery, Goucher College. June 2006 "Explorations:Coming of Age", Meyerhoff Gallery, MICA March 2005 "Dialogues", MSTA offices, Annapolis, MD June 2004 "2nd-3rd Year Show", MICA October 2002 "Definitions:MAEA", Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, MD October 2001 "Interface:MAEA", Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, MD Professional Honors: National Board Certification 2004 Anne Arundel County High School Art Teacher of the year 2002 National Art Education Convention 2006 Presenter Maryland Art Education Convention 2004, 2001 Walters Art Museum, Relief Sculpture Workshop presenter 2000