Zoë Brooks (born 1988) is a socially engaged artist from Adelaide working across Australia in strong collaboration with community groups. She studied a Bachelors Degree at the University of South Australia majoring in painting, drawing and completing honours in sculpture (2014), and more recently studied feature documentary at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School, Sydney (2019). Working in local government, youth and community arts sector, Brooks’ practice began to shift taking focus on community making strategies and in 2016 saw a new direction after undertaking a mentorship with Melbourne artist Richard Lewer. Her fascination with religion, beliefs and community specific behaviours began after she found out she was nearly subjected to a childhood exorcism and her religious families rejection from the Catholic Church community.
Brooks is interested in processes of integration and co-creation through the invitation of skills sharing as a means of art making. Her work is made for both the converted and non-converted. Brooks is interested in creating conversations around the politics of faith, religion and spirituality that are beginning to redefine Australia’s multi-faithed national identity.
Brooks has recently undertaken a series of residencies in women’s circles and Red Tents across Australia to further examine the recent rise in women’s spiritual healing, promised empowerment and Eastern cultural appropriated practices in Western society. Investigations into multi-faithed community ARRCC – Australia’s Religious Response to Climate Change and the global movement of religious stance against Climate Catastrophe.