Brook Johnson

Asylum of Infinity
11″x17″; paper collage; 2014

Brook Johnson
Westminster, Maryland, USA


I hand-cut and paste all of my collages; never do I use any technology greater than this. By doing so, I am forced to work within very set limits, unable to change sizes, reproduce objects, adjust colour, tweak perspective, and other minor and major manipulations so readily available to the computer artist or painter. I must find a solution to the disparate images and stubbornly un-manipulative photographs by creating relationships of colour, lighting and subject among the various pieces I have chosen to work with.

I come upon such solutions without thinking. It is the collective unconscious I summon and the entire process is completely intuitive. I do not think of anything while creating my art; I let the images guide me, pull me, even dictate to me where they go and should best belong. Through this, stories are revealed, dreams, memories and reflections had and un-had are birthed in a sticky and imperfect manner. It is a creation begging to live, desperate to tell its story and I merely come across it while abstractly browsing the contents of my hopelessly Jungian self.


Brook began her art training as a young teen, receiving private fine art lessons from a local artist in Sykesville, Maryland. She continued her art training into her early college years and instantly embraced collage and Surrealism as means of coping with her growing disillusionment with the world. It began as an automatic hobby that turned into an all-consuming passion and means of expression. She considers her work experiments with imperfection and fear, as well as exercises connecting Life with Death and other inescapable fates and collective memories. When not covered in glue and hundreds of deconstructed images, Brook enjoys screenwriting, playing and teaching piano and entertaining her 5-year-old daughter. She resides and works out of her home with her husband in Westminster, Maryland.


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