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Mitsuko Brooks
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Bedford-Stuyvesant



ARTIST STATEMENT: The world of libraries are of particular interest to me because I have been using discarded book covers in my collages for many years, many of which are discarded from my profession in a library. Much of my collages are an accumulation of items I collect during my day to day existence: book covers thrown out from my job during re-binding processes; lichen found on gravestones; and magazine cut outs. I experience a strong sensory experience when looking at organic objects of nature and compulsively find their place into my collages. Usually they are my starting point to find out how to make the rest of my piece come together. Remembering the physical location where I find a natural object is an integral part of my work. I offer a moment of time travel by bringing forgotten pieces of paper and other materials together into a ritual object of remembering a place I have visited or capturing fleeting thoughts one normally forgets. I am most interested our biological world around us and the way these organic objects visually become metaphorical investigations. The base of each piece is a discarded book cover or page from an old book, to give the foundation, hinting at a story to be told through each collage.
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