Brooke Armstrong

Brooke Armstrong

Brooke Armstrong

BROOKE ARMSTRONG, ceramics

The space and boundaries, of inside and outside, in which intimacy occurs, is peculiar. The illusions, or real boundaries, of where familiarity begins and ends, lead to further exploration of space and interchangeable shapes. The work explores a resonance of being human. While voiding the body, and using structure or form as a metaphor, it is searching to understand time and effort taken to develop history and familiarity. Intimacy occurs with objects as well as people. When an intimate relationship is created with an object, the object has a life of its own. The work's emphasis on history also touches on the history of craft, and fine art.

The process of making relies on the artists' hand. The hand made requires a certain touch, care and awareness. It is a constant process of giving and taking. The work lives in a space of having too much or never enough. The work appears worn, touched, tethered, and washed out. Rhythm is apparent. Like a poem, obsessive touch or repetition of an element allows for a soothing quality that, like intimacy, allows the viewer to feel a familiar ease.

 

ABOUT BROOKE

Brooke graduated from SUNY Potsdam in Northern New York in 2012 with a BA in Politics and Communication and a Minor in Art. She continued to pursue a career in the arts, taking additional classes at the university in ceramics, and also worked as an assistant to professor Marc Leuthold. In 2013 she moved to Boulder, Colorado, and earned a Post-Baccalaureate certificate in ceramics, studying under Scott Chamberlin and Kim Dickey. She began her graduate studies in 2014 under the Ceramics/Craft department at UMASS Dartmouth in New Bedford, Massachusetts, with professors Jim Lawton and Rebecca Hutchinson. Here she realized her love for all materials. As a resident artist of the Mendocino Art Center, she is exploring ways to incorporate mixed media with her ceramic sculpture.


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