Brooks to present Senior Exhibit, "Welcome to the Glass House"

Release Date: 12/8/2016

University of the Ozarks senior art major Angie Brooks of Phoenix, Ariz., will present her Senior Exhibit, "Welcome to the Glass House" from Dec. 9-17 in the Stephens Gallery.

There will be a reception to meet the artist from 6-7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, in the gallery, which is located in the Walton Fine Arts Center.

Brooks, who will graduate on Dec. 17 with a bachelor's of arts degree, said "Welcome to the Glass House" displays the hypocrisies that exist in our society in relatable settings. 

"These are settings that exist every day, whether in life, media, or our imagination," Brooks said. "Clay and found objects are my media, and I approach each piece with humor and an open imagination in an attempt to display a portion of myself.  I draw upon my past experiences of being judged for my actions and the preconceived notions about these actions in society, while exploring my personal beliefs that everyone sins and no one is perfect."

Brooks said she has always been intrigued by the judgment that people pass upon each other. 

"Throughout life we are constantly judged on our decisions and the resulting outcome of those decisions," she said. "When we indulge in sin, does that make us an appalling person? I believe to become whole we must embrace both the good actions and the bad actions that make us uncomfortable. When we stop focusing on our perceived shortcomings and start looking closer at those who are doing the chastising, I believe it will become apparent that we all have our transgressions."

Brooks' installation series features different types of ceramic fruits and vegetables displayed in quirky scenes depicting each of the seven deadly sins: Lust, Anger, Gluttony, Sloth, Greed, Envy, and Pride.

"I chose fruits and vegetables because these mundane objects contrast with the complexity of the ideas," she said. "Even the plain and humdrum can be seen as impure when placed in compromising situations. My installations are intended to allow the audience into a world where fruit and vegetables are allowed to express their sinful desires and dysfunctional nature as if they were free from the judgments of society."

Artwork by Angie Brooks.

Senior art major Angie Brooks' exhibit, "Welcome to the Glass House," will be on display in the Stephens Gallery from Dec. 9-17.