Typically associated with stillness and quietness, winter also embodies a veiled and bridled energy. That duality of the season intrigues and draws the attention of artists like Chris Brooks. The perfect allegory for that hidden potential of winter is an image of a river. With its surface frozen, that powerful flow continues beneath the ice.
Chris Brooks is the Bronze Artist of the ArtAscent Winter call for artists. To see the full body of work and profile, get a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal Winter issue.
In developing this collection, fine resin proved to be the ideal medium in having the unique ability to maintain fluid qualities as a solid. Each rock is hand-cast in resin and finished before positioning it in the composition. The ice is cast in sheets, cut to shape, and imbedded in the layers. Each piece consists of three to five layers, with each layer consisting of four to six unique tints of resin. Manipulating these tints creates depth and movement that becomes stationary as it solidifies. Reminiscent of fleeting natural experiences that are often a short distance away, the viewer’s movement animates the art as the light and refractions evolve.
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You are hours into a hike when you reach the river’s edge, and then seeing the water isn’t enough. Your nostrils flare as you inhale the cool cleansing aroma. You’re overcome with an urge to feel it. Off come the hiking boots. Socks strewn on the shoreline as you hop across the uneven rocks trying to get your pants rolled up to your knees. You pause at the shoreline, testing its qualities with your toes. With minor hesitation, you wade deeper, embracing its restorative briskness. It rushes against your calves and soothes your aching feet. Its temperature seems to rise, matching yours. The intention of these riverscapes is to ignite our tactile desire to connect with water, inspiring a consideration of the reciprocal commitment we have with water.