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Neighbors Growing Together | Jul 24, 2017

‘To Iowa With Love: A Solo Exhibit by Julie Suzanne Brokken’ opens

Jul 05, 2017
PHOTO SUBMITTED Work, such as this sculpture, will be part of Fairfield Art Association’s “To Iowa With Love: A Solo Exhibit by Julie Suzanne Brokken” opening Friday evening at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center.

Fairfield Art Association announces a new Main Gallery art exhibit in the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center that welcomes home a successful Fairfield native artist.

“To Iowa With Love: A Solo Exhibit by Julie Suzanne Brokken” opens with a reception for the artist from 6-8 p.m. Friday.

“I am excited to bring my art the 1,000 miles that lie between my childhood home and New Mexico to share it with the community that I grew up in,” said Brokken. “The exhibit includes works in mixed media, photography, encaustic [beeswax and resin], and assemblage. All express a love of life, the land, sky and water, Earth and all her creatures. Though I use a variety of mediums and eclectic materials, the intention is the same. My work is about joy, connection, wholeness, and beauty — deep and sacred beauty; a sense of time, and at once, timelessness. There is strong yet delicate wisdom, sometimes sacred laughter alive inside these works.”

Brokken was born in 1959 in Fairfield and grew up on the family farm. After receiving a bachelor’s degree from Iowa Wesleyan College in 1983, she moved to Phoenix, Arizona. There, she established her studio; exhibited in numerous group and solo exhibits locally, regionally, and nationally; and taught art in the public schools, at the Phoenix Art Museum, Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan, and other venues. A series of serious health issues slowed her professional progress over two decades, but did not curtail it. In 2010, Brokken made Albuquerque, New Mexico, her new home and set up her new studio at the Factory on 5th Art Space near downtown Albuquerque.

Brokken’s current art mediums include mixed media encaustic photography, mixed media collage works on paper, assemblage, and installation pieces with some works combining elements from all of these. Through her two- and three-dimensional work, Brokken shares a deep connection to nature, spirit and the precious intimacies of the world. She’s on a quiet mission to reawaken people’s awareness of their interconnectedness and interdependence, knowing their sense of separation is but an illusion. She invites everyone to celebrate and value all of life on Mother Earth, to embrace her mysteries, to make a difference, to create a sustainable future.

Brokken’s most recent solo exhibitions and installations include “B R E A T H: Giving Form to Spirit,” “Enlightened Laundry,” and “Prayer Flag Moon” at The Source; “Delicate Wisdom, Sacred Laughter” at Tortuga Gallery, and “Waxing Poetic” at Satellite in Albuquerque. Recent group exhibits include “Living Artifacts” and the “2017 Summer Collective” at Tortuga Gallery; “Doors for Women in the Arts” at the Juliana Kirwin Studio; and “The Birds and the Bees: A Pop-Up Celebration at Found on 4th” in Albuquerque. Brokken has participated in curated shows in Tucson and is included in the permanent collection at the Tucson Museum of Art and private collections nationally.

Brokken’s poems have been published in Malpais Review, La Palabra: The Word is a Woman, Mas Tequila Review, A Good Place To Stumble Upon: Illustrated Haiku, Adobe Walls, The Rag, Fixed and Free: An Anthology, Duke City Fix, 200 New Mexico Poems, La Bloga: On the Road for Banned Books. Poets Responding to AZ SB 1070; Artistica Zine; The Sierra Club Grand Canyon Echo. She has featured at Sunday Chatter, Fixed & Free, and Adobe Walls in Albuquerque. She has participated in 100 Thousand Poets for Change and supports Librotraficante with her poem “Smuggle Compassion.” She reads at open mics in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Brokken’s exhibit will continue through the end of September, when she expects to travel back to Fairfield for a high school class reunion and another visit. The Fairfield Art Association is looking to share some of her creative processes and poeta talents in that time period.

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