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Art Buff: Elise Anne Brooks

Where are you from originally? 

Buffalo, New York
What is your medium?

Painting & photography
How has Buffalo influenced your work? 

I have always lived in Buffalo so most of my experiences and memories involve Buffalo.  Buffalo’s rich history inspires me to use the theme of individual and group histories in my work.
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
I draw inspiration from my travels, and themes of time, experience and memory.  I like the abstract quality of both memory and time.  
Name an artist (or more) that most inspires you?
Larry Clark, Bernard Buffet, and Antoni Gaudi.
What is your preferred subject matter? 
Landscapes, urban and natural.  I enjoy mixing abstraction and realism in all of my work.
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How do you feel you can best advance to the next level, or are you most happy where you are now?
I feel like an artist never stops advancing their craft.  Personally, with every new media and technique I learn and utilize, my work grows. 
What is another medium that you would like to learn? Or that you have already learned?
I love using historical photographic processes, like palladium, gum arabic, and cyanotypes.  Currently I am looking into encaustic painting.  I love process-oriented media.  
Is there a purpose to your artwork?
I create works that are aesthetically pleasing and conceptually draw in the viewer to explore and enjoy. 
How often do you work on your art?
I work on my art daily, whether to paint for a few hours, manage my website, prepare for shows, or go out to shoot photographs.
What or who first prompted you to venture into the art world?
I have always been creative and enjoyed making artwork, so in high school I began art classes with Catherine Brown, my high school art teacher. She pushed me to challenge myself and introduced me to various media; I was hooked. 


Have you been schooled in art? Are you planning on attending art school? If so, where?
Yes, I graduated from the University at Buffalo with my BFA.  I learned analog photography when I was in high school, attending classes at Locust Street Neighborhood Art Center, taught by Kenn Morgan and Lenore Bethel. I plan on going to graduate school to further my knowledge and career.
Where is your favorite venue in Buffalo to exhibit?
I have enjoyed showing at College Street Gallery, One HSBC, and MUNDO Images Gallery.  I also loved being able to do live painting with Sam Sturniolo at Music is Art Festival 2011. 
Where is your current/next show in the city? Dates? Opening night?
MUNDO Images Gallery.  500 Franklin Street. April 6th-May 25th 2012.  Opening Friday April 6th 6-9pm
What is the title and theme of the show/s?
Intersecting Landscapes: New Landscapes through Merged Imagery. 
Where did you learn your craft? 
I studied photography at the University at Buffalo from Tyrone Georgiou and Daniel Calleri, and focused on historical photographic processes.  I studied painting from David Schirm and George Hughes, both of whom pushed me to develop my style, and experiment with new ways of using landscapes. 
What book are you reading right now?
I am re-reading To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf, and mixing in some Chelsea Lately. I heard Hunger Games was awesome, so I’m picking up a copy! =)
What’s your favorite movie?
Reservoir Dogs, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, and City of God
What’s your favorite restaurant in Buffalo? 
El Palenque, King & I, and ETS.
What’s the best thing about being an artist?
Being able to continually learn and create.  The process of forming an idea, researching, and finally executing a vision is such an intoxicating feeling.  I love that every new work is another chance to change how I view the world and my experience in it.
What’s the worst thing about being an artist?
At this time in my career, I am unable to support myself through my art and therefore am limited in the time I have to create and the depth to which I can fully pursue an idea. 
Is there another local artist who you would like us to interview?
Iris Kirkwood
What question would you ask him/her?
When viewing her work, I asked her the concept of a certain piece.  She would not tell me, but welcomed my interpretation. We discussed the way her work allows the viewer to relate to and make their own story fit her images.  
Anything else?
Thank you for interviewing me, and writing about new emerging artists. 

Written by WCPerspective


Buffalo and development junkie currently exiled in California.

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