The advantage of the emotions is that they lead us astray.
My work is a conversation between my past, present, and future. This dialogue portrays a combination of memory, reality, hopes and dreams. It is evidence of personal interactions where emotional exposure or conflict creates detours in defined paths. Through making, a method emerges to find my bearings during instances of contentment, conflict, or longing for what may never be. These experiences are captured by exploring my passion for the natural world, as it is a continual reminder of decay and rebirth in physicality and metaphor. I see this as a transforming quality I strive to obtain because it conveys beauty and strength during the most strenuous of conditions. Based on my background in the life sciences, I combine organic forms found in nature and science, mixed with structural components, and symbolic imagery. They are presented as objects both real and imaginary to create narratives based on what was, is, or could be.
Julie Brooks is a native of North Carolina, currently residing in Seattle, WA. She attended NC State University for 3 years studying zoology and the life sciences before deciding to explore her passion for the arts. This moved Brooks to Greenville, NC where she graduated in 2002 with a BFA in Metal Design and a minor in anthropology from East Carolina University. After 3 years working as a bench jeweler for Atlanta based enamelist Ricky Frank, she attended graduate school and received an MFA in Artisanry, concentration in Jewelry/Metals, from UMASS Dartmouth in 2008. Currently, Brooks is an Instructor at North Seattle College and Pratt Fine Arts Center. She has also taught at Santa Fe Community College, Pullen Arts Center, Cary Arts Center, NC State University Crafts Center, Winthrop University, UMASS Dartmouth and creates in her home studio. She has been published in 1000 Rings, The Art of Enameling, 500 Wedding Rings, and Humor in Craft.
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