Brook Helen Thompson, with artist name, “brookita corazón,” is a Minneapolis based artist, originally from Dickinson, North Dakota, USA. She is a self-taught artist, which stems back to childhood and has continued as an adult through her own travels, art studies, workshops, artist conferences, and exploring a variety of media and technique. Her art varies in styles, from Abstract Expressionism, Impressionism, Figurative, Surrealism, Self-Portraits, Landscapes, and her unique style of Folk Art. She employs various media in her artwork, including: acrylics, aerosol/spray paint, pastels, ink, linocut, stencils, and printmaking. She also creates artistically in the disciplines of music, poetry, writing and performance. Her experiences as a Spanish speaker, travelling abroad and living in Spain for four years have inspired her current artwork and process. Most recently she has shown artwork at Gamut Gallery, Art-a-Whirl, Spot Art, Abstracted Art Gallery as well as other local art shows and events. She has done mural work in the Zapatista communities of Chiapas, Mexico as well as participating in an international artists conference in Mexico City. More recently she has executed local murals in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Dickinson, North Dakota. In September 2016 she participated the Can Serrat artist residency in Spain. She endeavored in creating and evolving a new multi-disciplinary body of work involving painting, music, songwriting and poetry, which she will continue to develop in her work to come.
Motto: "My art is my life, and my life is my art."
A seemingly intangible nothing, that which appears to be hidden and a never-ending process of digging to excavate, to uncover and then, to create a bridge between mind and matter – this is the foundation of my art and the essence of what I strive to manifest through my art and creative process. Since my child self began to develop and interact with our material world, with the senses in tangible form, but also in a metaphysical sense, that which we cannot fully understand nor explain, became my catalyst into my creation of art. My art has been a committed relationship of self, inner and outer worlds that incessantly cycle between one another. In my eyes, my art is my life, and my life is my art. It is a necessary process for myself in order to live this unknown mysterious life and reality here on earth, within a greater universe. Art is a true adventure of growth, chasing those questions of purpose, the elusive, constant construction and deconstruction of essence, ego and the eternal.
In manifesting my artwork, I use various media, which interact with each other in my process. The forms I have used and continually do so include: painting, drawings, sketching, writing, poetry, music, as well as performance and acting. In my experience, these diverse forms are all paths of expression that have long-term relationships to one another. I mostly use acrylic and aerosol in my paintings, while drawings are of many mixed media. My styles delve in figurative, realism, impressionism, abstract expressionism as well as my own style of folk art. My writing and poetry is often a free form, calling upon a stream of consciousness flow. Composition styles may use rhyme, free verse, as well as syntax juxtaposition and changing grammar rules in order to portray emotions, thoughts, imagination, as well as pieces of imagery and senses that influence the aforementioned. Both of these contribute to my flow of ideas in the development of my music and songwriting. Influences and inspiration in my artwork incorporate a great variety of themes, including, but not limited to: nature, human condition, metaphysics, spirituality, politics, history, literature and language, music and evolution.
Prejudice in committing solely to one form or theme is personally forbidden in order to fully delve into the depths of artistic creation. Being an artist and the act of creation is fundamental for me to live life fully, to question existence and the human condition, as well as the mystery that lies beyond.