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 Farm Equipment Trailer by Birgit Seeger-Brooks

 

Abandoned Farm Equipment Trailer 2 by Birgit Seeger-Brooks

 

Abandoned Farm Equipment Gear Shift Diagonal Composition by Birgit Seeger-Brooks

 

Abandoned Farm Equipment Track Close Up by Birgit Seeger-Brooks

 

Abandoned Farm Equipment Chain Drive Detail by Birgit Seeger-Brooks

 

Abandoned Farm Equipment Diesel Motor Other Side by Birgit Seeger-Brooks

 

Abandoned Farm Equipment Concrete Mixer Rust Painting by Birgit Seeger-Brooks

 

Abandoned Farm Equipment Bail Spear Other Side by Birgit Seeger-Brooks

 

Abandoned Farm Equipment Bail Spear and Tumble Weeds by Birgit Seeger-Brooks

 

041509519-edited.jpg by Birgit Seeger-Brooks

 

041509522-edited.jpg by Birgit Seeger-Brooks

 

Abondoned Farm Equipment Trailer Detail and Shadow by Birgit Seeger-Brooks

 

Abandoned Farm Equipment Concrete Mixer at Rest by Birgit Seeger-Brooks

 

Abandoned Farm Equipment Trailer Ready to Go by Birgit Seeger-Brooks

 

The Beauty of Decay by Birgit Seeger-Brooks

 

Nature's Breakdown Relentless and Thorough by Birgit Seeger-Brooks

 

Nature's Still Life by Birgit Seeger-Brooks

 

The Beauty of Decay Another Angle by Birgit Seeger-Brooks

 

Army of Trees and Weeds by Birgit Seeger-Brooks

 

Tired Sentinels by Birgit Seeger-Brooks

 

Nature at Work by Birgit Seeger-Brooks

 

Nature Creator of Beauty by Birgit Seeger-Brooks

 

Breakdown by Birgit Seeger-Brooks

 

Pattern of Cracks and Shadows by Birgit Seeger-Brooks

 

Mesas in New Mexico by Birgit Seeger-Brooks

 

Mesa in New Mexico Detail by Birgit Seeger-Brooks

 

Silent Witness by Birgit Seeger-Brooks

 

Neglected Abode by Birgit Seeger-Brooks

 

Grey Patina by Birgit Seeger-Brooks

 

First Line of Defense by Birgit Seeger-Brooks

 

Don't Dare Me by Birgit Seeger-Brooks

 

Linearity Paralell to I 25 New Mexico by Birgit Seeger-Brooks

 

Rural Beauty Sierra County by Birgit Seeger-Brooks

 

San Ignacio Catholic Church by Birgit Seeger-Brooks

 

Placita Monticello Area by Birgit Seeger-Brooks

 

San Ignacio Church Another View by Birgit Seeger-Brooks

 

Monticello Building by Birgit Seeger-Brooks

 

Placita Monticello Area 1 by Birgit Seeger-Brooks

 

Coyote Fence and Blue Door by Birgit Seeger-Brooks

 

Outside Placita and Monticello by Birgit Seeger-Brooks

 

Rain Soaked Country by Birgit Seeger-Brooks

 

Sierra County Landscape by Birgit Seeger-Brooks

 

Clearing Sky by Birgit Seeger-Brooks

 

Clouds Mountains Junipers by Birgit Seeger-Brooks

 

Prayer Mountains by Birgit Seeger-Brooks

 

Prayer Mountains Close Up by Birgit Seeger-Brooks

 

Bands of Clouds Mountains Junipers by Birgit Seeger-Brooks

 

Abo Mission Church Entrance by Birgit Seeger-Brooks