Bobbi Jo Brooks
Bobbi Jo Brooks, an American born, 1979, multi medium artist picked up her first camera, when she was around seven years old and a paint brush for the first time 1993. However, she didn't really begin exploring and developing her artist side and interest until 2002. Bobbi Jo graduated in 2002 with a degree in Social Work and Theology. In 2003, she began her first full time social work job that focused on rehabilitating juvenile boys convicted of sexual crimes. The nature of her clients crimes were hard for her to process and she was not able to really ever leave work at the office but struggled to not see the world through the horrific crimes that take place within it. The affects/affects (which is the right word?) of her job challenged her to see out, create and rediscover beauty not only for herself but also for her clients. Initially, she picked up did so by picking up her roommates SLR camera in 2004 and began exploring the world around her and also introducing photography to her clients but she also photographing weddings, portraits, fine art and dance. Not to long after shooting her first few roles of film she photographed a wedding and sold her first fine art images. In 2007, she had her first solo exhibition and then again in 2011. Later in 2011 she began painting and in 2016 began working with another artist to co create her first mixed media installation work that hung in the Green Hill Gallery in Berlin November 2018-January 2019.
Today, Bobbi Jo lives and works in Berlin. Bobbi Jo’s art is a mix between photography, installation and painting (watercolor and acrylics). Art is often the means means in which she wrestles with her thoughts, experiences, faith, emotions, and shares her findings to the world around her often inviting others into the process. With her degree in Social Work she has a strong ability to observe, connect and capture people personalities and stories (this sounds week). She is interested in using her art to address social issues as well as relating to and connecting with others on topics and issues of life, death, our humanity, and the fragility found in between and captivated by movement. She enjoys transforming perspectives by inviting the view to look deeper or second guess their first impressions.
PS In case you were wondering Bobbi Jo is in fact her real name :)