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rebecca brooks

It is always the creative process leading me on, seducing my senses, riveting my attention to the landscape of an expressive heart. I followed this passion to Mexico at the age of 16. Returning year after year to sit in her chapels, follow her processions, share religious celebrations and be swept away all over again. Primitive Mexican folk art, all those years ago, introduced me to the practice of transforming the ordinary into the sacred. A deep attraction to iconic Mexican devotional art representing blind faith and awareness of both the seen and unseen worlds influences me to this day. Much of my art is composed of discarded, broken, forgotten fragments that once held import in this life we share, resurrected and reassembled into renewed wholeness and beauty. The influence of Mexico and her culture continues to emerge throughout my art work with a resounding affinity.

My art has been exhibited as far away as the Netherlands and displayed in the American Craft Museum of New York. I work in glass, paints, plaster,ephemera, collage, and found objects to create art that has a presence of protection and spiritual import. My work has been published in American Craft, Shuttle Spindle & Dyepot and most recently as the featured artist in Pasticco Quartz .

Closest to my heart is sharing my knowledge, skills and inspiration. To encourage others to find their own voice in this shared melting pot of creativity. We need more beauty in this world, import, deeper meaning. For me the joy of creation and the honor of teaching is just that.

After graduating from the Mendocino Arts Center three year apprentice program in surface design and textiles, I moved to Arizona in 1992 to join my family’s studio to fabricate architectural commissions in glass and mosaics. During this time I have taught extensively throughout Arizona, including Yavapai College, Orme School, Art Unraveled and numerous private venues. In support of community art I spearheaded, Pieces of Our Lives, an ongoing outdoor mosaic mural project for the town of Prescott Valley. Now numbering twelve, each mural is comprised of pottery shards donated from residents and fabricated by different service groups under my guidance in our studio.

With an eye on cultural awareness and the belief that art has the power to transform lives, I began a local annual art exhibit to celebrate Dia de los Muertos in 2006. Currently I am hosting the Shrine Gallery of Hope, an annual shrine auction to benefit Oaxaca Streetchildren Grassroots. Now in our fifth year each offering is a personal story of honor, remembrance, wit and whimsy spanning a variety of media and expression. Together artists from across the world join together in the shared hope of transforming lives, one shrine at a time!