She Ra, 2010
Discovery is seeing what everybody else has seen, and thinking what nobody else has thought.
3 essential questions
BY MAGAZINE ART EDITOR AJA BLANC
Aja Blanc Tell me about your creative process – how do you show up as an artist each day?
Brooke Wandall That is an interesting question! Well, since my studio is half of a bedroom in my house, being an artist shows up for me everyday.
But even without close proximity, I would cry if I couldn’t paint often. If my hands were cut off I would paint with my teeth (hmmm, interesting idea).
When I get my spirited two year old dressed and my beautiful infant nursed, I walk into my studio and let the universe allow me to make some interesting decisions with paint and line and form through my hands. Sometimes it is successful, sometimes not. I like to quote Cy Twombly:
I work in waves, because I’m impatient, I do take liberties I wouldn’t have taken before. I got all kinds of wonderful effects that I never achieved before. Sometimes it’s simplistic. It’s hot, so I do some cool paintings. Lots of times I like to enjoy myself. I think I’m in a good
point of working.
Apart from being impatient, I have to work quickly because I am a mother and it keeps me fresh and inspired. They are who I show up for. For love.
Desert Landscape, 2010
Aja What kinds of choices do you have to make on a daily basis as an artist?
Brooke I think the biggest choice I have to make is how much am I allowing myself to be open to what I am doing.
It seems the more I try to force something, the less successful it is. But when I am open and responsive to what my magical subconscious is trying to do, it works out much better.
Abstract Nude, 2010
Aja Your paintings show a deep engagement with the process of abstraction – for you, is abstraction a process of seeing less or seeing more?
Brooke Both. As I take away the physical nature, I add to the conceptual
101 Abstract, 2010
Brooke Wandall is a painter living in her native Scranton, Pennsylvannia. The mother of two young daughters, Veda and Violet, she shows her work all over the world. Visit Brooke’s portfolio online brookewandall.blogspot.com
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