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Interview with Brooke Marks-Swanson

Interview  /  ArtistsBehind the Scenes
Published: 12.09.2016
Brooke Marks-Swanson Brooke Marks-Swanson
Author:
Klimt02
Edited by:
Klimt02
Edited at:
Barcelona
Edited on:
2016
​​Brooke Marks-Swanson. Brooch: Basket #18, 2016. ​​Sterling silver. ​​Brooke Marks-Swanson
Brooch: Basket #18, 2016
​​Sterling silver
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Intro
I have worked through many ideas and materials to speak about my current landscape and relationships to it. My recent transition into hand knit leather came from a desire to form a personal connection. To me, knitting represents a universal language.
Do you think that jewellery is being standardized? What is there of local and universal in your artistic work?
I appreciate unstinting quality and a distinct voice within jewelry. This work separates itself from so much noise.
I am from the heartland, a midwesterner born and raised.  Principles of honesty, utility and simplicity found expressions in various crafts here. I have worked through many ideas and materials to speak about my current landscape and relationships to it. My recent transition into hand knit leather came from a desire to form a personal connection. To me, knitting represents a universal language.

What do you expect when exposing your work to the public (for example with an exhibition)?
The rush and exhaustion it takes to make work for an exhibition is exhilarating. Dialog is crucial to understanding.

Are other areas besides the jewellery, present in your work?
I enjoy knitting garments that follow specific patterns - this leads to new ideas within constructing leather forms. I draw inspiration from antiquing, which provides a visual reservoir of objects loaded with content. Recently, a massive strand of colorful baskets evoked a memory of traveling to Mexico as child. Baskets, like us, contain memories, secrets, and human experience. The combinations of opposites within my work attract me and create dialog.

The last work, book, film, city that has moved me was…
I was recently at the SFMOMA, The Fisher Collection is incredible. It was inspiring to see work showcasing the span of entire careers or significant artistic phases in one museum collection. I am currently reading Molly Peacock’s, “The Paper Garden” An Artist Begins Her Life’s Work at 72.
place, space, country whose creativity surprises me… The big open skies of Montana inspire me and its beauty brought me to tears. It reminded me of my place in the Midwest but bigger.

Is there any designer, jeweller, artist, you appreciate a lot?
Photographer: Hiroshi Sugimoto
Painter: Gerhard Richter
Ceramicist: Ron Nagle

What piece or work has given you the most satisfaction?
I am most proud to be continually challenging my ideas and use of materials. It excites me that my work evolves because of this.

Do you read Jewellery Magazines? What is your source to get information?
Travel, museums, exhibitions, everyday life.


Do you discuss your work with other jewellery artists or any other person?
I speak almost daily with my former graduate professor. We forged a friendship that inspires me.


What is your first thought when you hear the word Future?, What do you expect for?
I am a mother and an idealist: Peace.
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