Opening Reception Saturday 4th March 2023, with Live Music
Growing up studying, and playing in, the light of the North-West sun and the red dirt of the Kimberley, the rural landscape and connection to the natural world form the backdrop to my painting practice. This romance with remote parts of Australia and my formative experiences continue to influence my work. Now, living and working on the Gold Coast, my memories are interwoven with my immediate surroundings, and the meeting points that I observe in nature. Whether translated from aerial views or my being immersed in the landscape, each artwork renders moods and experiences into a world of their own.
In my new body of work titled Internal Landscapes, raw tones form narratives of rushing river beds, colossal coastlines, bodies of water and remote desert. These abstract compositions and expressionist gestures capture the energy and sensuality of the landscape, and the coalescence of colour and light. Gentle brushstrokes reveal the intricacies of the earth’s layers and a sense of meditation and movement. Shifting between small quiet moments and contrasting elements, hues of sandy sienna, yellow ochre, umber, sage green and silver recreate the feeling of stepping into nature and sitting under the stars.
Brooke is a Southern Highlands Sculptural Textiles Artist raised in Burrawang NSW. She studied a Bachelor of Creative Arts at Wollongong University where she was under the tuition of textiles artist Virginia Kaiser.
She currently runs a small creative business with her husband called ‘Mr and Mrs Munro’ which has been featured in national publications including Country Style, Home Beautiful and Belle Magazine. Brooke draws inspiration from nature, femininity and traditional craft.
Her sculptural forms feature traditional basketry techniques such as weaving, netting, coiling and twining, but with an emphasis on more extreme texture and form.
This series of work has been created by reaction, using rhythm and pattern to let undefined ideas and forms unfurl.
Formed using atypical materials and found objects, this work was made within the ‘in-between’ place that we have lived and existed in over recent times.
Constructed with traditional techniques that were once used to create utilitarian objects, these pieces are reminiscent of vessels and nets. Catching, containing and carrying response.
Each stitch, knot and weave made while unconscious to a final result but letting process and memory create the nebulous forms.
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