You and Me, I and We
You and Me
I and We
Our minds work in streams of consciousness; in thoughts, memories and feelings, once these ‘things’ are manifested inside our bodies, where do they dissolve to? And if there was a place for all these manifested thoughts and feelings to go, a place where you could see them and touch them and not just ‘feel’ them what would it look like? What would they look like?
Brooks has created an installation, a web-like structure a home and haven to Blackwood’s spiders and insects on first inspection. This ‘web’ is translucent, plasma-like it appears it could just disband and dissolve as easily as it came to be, much like the metaphysics of thoughts, they come, they go, where to and from? They are in the form of words, text created long, long after feelings and thoughts. Text is the evolution of thought.
U and Me, I and We is a journey of self discovery investigating the artist’s psyche and her candid, humorous and even sometimes tormented streams of consciousness. Brooks uses the innate human quality of empathy, the ability to recognise and to some extent share experiences, to speak to the viewer. We feel the work because human emotions are adaptable you and me, I and we- we all feel the same and in lots of ways we share the same emotion set. This web is not just a home and haven for spiders and insects but a place for anyone to go and be sheltered and take refuge and be united in the fact that we share this as humans.
The web is constructed of glue, an industrial product that is subverted into something quite fragile, interestingly spider’s webs also contain adhesive properties with glue droplets suspending and joining silk threads. These tangible ‘thoughts’ Brooks has created are physically fragile, like the common spider or cob web but also a metaphor for the candid and uncensored thoughts Brooks has shared and then offered up for judgment and condemnation- a delicate and frightening place to be.
Come inside, you’ll be at home, you and me, I and we.
Kate O’Leary 2012
You and Me, I and We, 2012, (dimensions variable) hot glue in the Seedling ARI Pump Shed
Image credit: courtesy of the artist