Birgit Seeger-Brooks Fine Art

 
 
 

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Birgit Seeger-Brooks

Birgit Seeger-Brooks Fine Art

Placitas, NM

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ARTIST STATEMENT

How and when does one decide to become a painter? There are many different answers to this question. In my case it was a visit to a garden store, selling among other things, ceramic vases. To this day, I remember seeing a black ceramic vase and the impact this particular object had on me. Looking at this vase filled me with joy and excitement. At that moment, I decided that my future lay in fine arts. I was ten years old at that time.

When I visited the government's career counseling service I voiced my passion for art. The counselor informed me then that I lacked an important prerequisite to pursue a career in the visual arts, a rich father. I was crushed.

I can finally answer the question posed by Langston Hughes in his poem:
HARLEM (DREAM DEFERRED)

What happens to a dream deferred?

Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore--
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over--
like a syrupy sweet?

Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.

Or does it explode?

I held on to my dream. Many years later my first painting instructions took place. When I started taking drawing and painting lessons I wasn't sure if I had enough talent. Fortunately, I had two great teachers - Susana Viola Jacobson and Ricardo Chavez-Mendez - who encouraged me. They set examples about the dedication required to become a painter.

What are my paintings about? Often I don't know until after the painting has been finished. However, there are two concepts that seem to recur: The female form is often present in my paintings, particularly in my pastel paintings. The second concept is fertilization and metamorphosis. Fertilization refers not only to human fertilization but also to the fertilization of thoughts and actions. Fertilization gives rise to a fundamental change (metamorphosis).

I prefer to concentrate on ideas that transcend the personal and focus on the universal. Personal revelation is uninteresting to me, what matters are the experiences that connect us to each other and the world around us.

Another important idea for me is the concept of interconnectedness; we are all part of nature and nature is part of us. In my world view there is no hierarchy, all is intertwined, making up the great matrix of life. This matrix of life is awe inspiring and beautiful in its complexity, and ever changing nature. We are a microscopic part of this great web of life, that's all.

Not all of these ideas are reflected in my paintings. Sometimes just the beauty of color and spatial organization of the canvas matters. At other times, I am more concerned with the development of pleasing patterns, sensuous curves and straight lines.

Something I wrote in 1997 still applies:
I LOVE COLOR AND CURVES. FOR ME CURVES REPRESENT HARMONY AND SENSUOUSNESS.
TO CREATE TENSIONS AND BALANCE, I LIKE TO COMBINE CURVES WITH STRAIGHT LINES.
FORMS THUS CREATED REFLECT HARMONY AND JOY.
The term sensuousness needs to be clarified because of its narrow application in today�s language. Sensuousness is the engagement of all our senses to perceive and enjoy our world.

 

Abandoned Machinery Tires by Birgit Seeger-Brooks

 

Abandoned Farm Equipment Mower for Grass and Weeds by Birgit Seeger-Brooks

 

Abandoned Farm Equipment Fuel Tank Close Up by Birgit Seeger-Brooks

 

Abandoned Farm Equipment Trailer Motor and ? by Birgit Seeger-Brooks

 

Kasha Katuwe Tent Rocks Tree Sculpture by Birgit Seeger-Brooks

 

Kasha Katuwe Tent Rocks Undulation by Birgit Seeger-Brooks

 

Kasha Katuwe Tent Rock Sculptural by Birgit Seeger-Brooks

 

Kasha Katuwe Tent Rock Canyon 1 by Birgit Seeger-Brooks

 

Kasha Katuwe Tent Rock Canyon 2 by Birgit Seeger-Brooks

 

Kasha Katuwe Tent Rock Intimate Space by Birgit Seeger-Brooks

 

Kasha Katuwe Tent Rock End of Canyon by Birgit Seeger-Brooks

 

Kasha Katuwe Tent Rock Cross and Sling by Birgit Seeger-Brooks

 

Kasha Katuwe Tent Rock Formation by Birgit Seeger-Brooks

 

Kasha Katuwe Tent Rocks Memories of Cappadocia by Birgit Seeger-Brooks

 

Kasha Katuwe Tent Rock Angular Alignment by Birgit Seeger-Brooks

 

Kasha Katuwe Tent Rock Sensuality by Birgit Seeger-Brooks

 

Kasha Katuwe Tent Rock Churches by Birgit Seeger-Brooks

 

Kasha Katuwe Tent Rock Monumentality by Birgit Seeger-Brooks

 

Kasha Katuwe Tent Rock Protective Spirit by Birgit Seeger-Brooks

 

Kasha Katuwe Tent Rock Village and Snow Flakes by Birgit Seeger-Brooks

 

Kasha Katuwe Tent Rock Protective Cove by Birgit Seeger-Brooks

 

Kasha Katuwe Tent Rock Sentinels by Birgit Seeger-Brooks

 

Kasha Katuwe Tentrock Another World by Birgit Seeger-Brooks

 

Kasha Katuwe Tent Rock Vertical Alignment by Birgit Seeger-Brooks

 

Kasha Katuwe Tent Rock Outskirts by Birgit Seeger-Brooks

 

Kasha Katuwe Tent Rock Formidable Canyon by Birgit Seeger-Brooks

 

Gran Quivira Outside Wall by Birgit Seeger-Brooks

 

Gran Quivira Mission Church Ruin by Birgit Seeger-Brooks

 

Gran Quivira Mission Church Walls by Birgit Seeger-Brooks

 

Gran Quivira Mission Church Segment by Birgit Seeger-Brooks

 

Gran Quivira Gate by Birgit Seeger-Brooks

 

Gran Quivira Wall Detail by Birgit Seeger-Brooks

 

Gran Quivira Chuch Layout by Birgit Seeger-Brooks

 

Gran Quivira Floor Plan by Birgit Seeger-Brooks

 

Gran Quivira Wall and Windows by Birgit Seeger-Brooks

 

Gran Quivira Church Steps by Birgit Seeger-Brooks

 

Gran Quivira Window Detail by Birgit Seeger-Brooks

 

Gran Quivira Nature Reclaims by Birgit Seeger-Brooks

 

Gran Quivira Cactus Crown by Birgit Seeger-Brooks

 

Gran Quivira Shadow Play by Birgit Seeger-Brooks

 

Gran Quivira Church Entrance by Birgit Seeger-Brooks

 

Gran Quivira Pueblo Floor Plan and Mission Church by Birgit Seeger-Brooks

 

Gran Quivira Pueblo Ruins by Birgit Seeger-Brooks

 

Gran Quivira Cactus Arrangement by Birgit Seeger-Brooks

 

Gran Quivira Kiva Detail by Birgit Seeger-Brooks

 

Gran Quivira Mission Church Complex by Birgit Seeger-Brooks

 

Gran Quivira Building Blocks by Birgit Seeger-Brooks

 

Abandoned Farm Equipment Unidentified by Birgit Seeger-Brooks