How do you explain the feeling of falling in love? How can you articulate that? How do you share that with others (if you feel so inclined)? For Brooke Inman, that feeling is communicated through a series of drawings and prints that will be featured in her upcoming solo show, "In Love." Join us for the opening reception on Thursday, July 12 from 5 to 8 pm in Quirk's Main Gallery.
"This particular selection of work is my reflection of falling in love. There are a number of signifiers that represent love, which take the form of collected and drawn objects. This collection reveals my story through particular keepsakes. Even though these pieces come directly from my life, they will be viewed and interpreted in a number of different ways, based on the personal experiences of the viewer and their own journey with love.
My work develops from the desire to connect with others and nature. Through persistent questions, the work is constructed out of rudimentary writing and drawings, traditional printmaking techniques, collections, and installations. Issues, such as the desire for personal connection, fear of loneliness, longing for perfection, and the health of our planet, are balanced between the naiveté of appearance and complexity of thought. Including private thoughts (the personal) with larger questions about humanity (the public) and the health of our planet (the natural), the work reflects my pursuit of understanding.
A number of the pieces included in the show are created through the printmaking processes of etching, lithography, and screen-printing. This gives me the ability to create unique variations of the same image. Each plate, stone, or screen goes through many processes before being inked and lovingly printed by hand. The amount of time and care that goes into making each print informs how I draw and think about line, tone, and color."
Born in 1983, Brooke Inman grew up in the small town of DeMotte, Indiana. Brooke is a nature enthusiast who loves animals, especially her cat (Ellie) and her turtle (Horseshoe). Brooke Inman moved to Richmond, Virginia in 2006 to attend graduate school at Virginia Commonwealth University. She happily finds herself still living and working in RVA. She is currently adjunct faculty at the University of Richmond in the Visual and Media Arts Practice Department, and at Virginia Commonwealth University in the Painting and Printmaking Department. She also teaches printmaking in the Richmond community at Studio Two Three. Specializing in Intaglio, Screen Print, Drawing, and Color, Brooke Inman received a BFA in Printmaking from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2006, and a MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2008.