Sarah E. Brook

Sarah E. Brook is a Brooklyn-based sculptor and installation artist from the Nevada high desert.  Brook explores the relationship between external and internal (psychic) vastness through the use of translucency, layering and color gradients to morph her architectural structures into perceptual experiments.

She is particularly interested in the way perceptual experience can align (queer) identities. Brook has exhibited at Lesley Heller, Field Projects, Re:Art, the (un)Scene, NARS, Ground Floor Gallery, The Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art (NY) and was included in the 2019 BRIC Biennial in Brooklyn.

She has been awarded the 2019-2020 Leslie-Lohman Museum Fellowship (NY), the 2018 Media Arts Fellowship from BRIC (NY) and residencies from Marble House Projects, I-Park, SPACE on Ryder Farm, Jentel Foundation, Playa and Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts.  Public art sculptures include Open Shelter (Prospect Park, NY, 2016), Viewfinding, a year-long installation and collaboration with queer poets (Riverside Park, NY, 2018-2019), Align (permanent installation, Crystal Park, NY, 2019) and a forthcoming permanent work commissioned by the City of New York (2023).

Here are the book mentioned in the interview – Interrupted Life and Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal.

JWS2, spray paint on synthetic poplin, string, rebar, photography, dimensions variable, installed in rural Wyoming, 2017. JWS2 is an example of the types of short term, low-impact installations I create in solitude in remote landscapes.
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  1. […] Sarah E. Brook is a Brooklyn artist who spoke to us from a friend’s home where she and her wife and child went to ride out the pandemic away from the cramped space of the city. Brook grew up in the desert and finds getting into nature to be an important part of her practice. She has shows and public art in her future – though many of them have been postponed for the time being as the pandemic continues to unfold. Brook sees her practice as having three parts, public art, creation of gathering and community spaces, and short-term low-impact installations that she creates alone in remote places and then photographs. The latter has become something of a ceremony for her own healing. Her work also incorporates indoor installations that bring the vastness of transcendent space to a place where others can experience it. To hear more about her work and practice, listen to the complete interview. […]