"The advantage of the emotions is that they lead us astray." - Oscar Wilde
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 interactions within my intimate relationships and their tendencies towards emotional vulnerability. These feelings of exposure or conflict create detours in defined paths when the comforts of everyday life become complex, and subtleties in behavior present moments to celebrate or barriers to overcome. Through making, a method emerges to find my bearings during instances of contentment, conflict, or longing for what may never be. I focus these thoughts and utilize metalsmithing techniques to provide visual reminders of personal history, as reflections of these moments in time. 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, as 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 attended NC State University for 3 years studying zoology and the life sciences before deciding to explore her passion for the arts. Brooks graduated in 2002 with a BFA in Metal Design and a minor in anthropology from East Carolina University, studying with Robert Ebendorf and Linda Darty. 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.
Julie is currently an adjunct professor at North Seattle College and teaches at 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 exhibits nationally and has been published in 1000 Rings, The Art of Enameling, 500 Wedding Rings, and Humor in Craft.