Today we’d like to introduce you to Christalyn Brooks.
Christalyn, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
My story has always been a quiet gratitude. Grateful for where I’ve come from. Grateful for what I’ve worked for. Grateful for the opportunities God has given. Grateful for those who are near and grateful for those who I’ve let go of. I strive for more but have always been content with where I’m at. Since childhood my life has been a chaotic tapestry in which I relentlessly try to engage in my art.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I incorporate mannequins, alcohol (spirits), fire, misfit techniques and pieces in my works because I feel the most connected to what’s the most misunderstood. My art carries glimpses of emotions from places, scenes, and experiences I’ve gone through relationally and have traveled through. Some being Central America, Europe, the Netherlands, United States, Israel, and the Hawaiian Islands. I feel the power of the substance is in the hands of the one controlling it rather than the substance controlling the hand. My artwork includes; Wall and home decor surfboards, jewelry, and books.
My studies have included and currently include Creative Writing, Psychology, Interior Design, Mixology, Gemology, and Bachelors in Theology.
Do current events, local or global, affect your work and what you are focused on?
I do feel that the role of artist acceptance has changed in that the open-minded society we have fostered allows a lot more room for embracing exploration. I feel the quest of an artist has remained the same over time, in that they strive to challenge and express either social or personal turmoil and or tranquility in a way that satisfies their hunger for connection. Relational issues with one another and with the divine at this point in my life have more of an effect on my art.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
Website is www.theartofchristalynbrooks.com
Instagram is my main platform @artofchristalynbrooks and @pacificmusejewelry.
We have a store “Babcock and Cooke” in Long Beach on Broadway St that holds our fire jewelry. My previous experience in painting commercial murals in town and leading 100s of students led me to a handful of publications in local newspapers. I’m a published author for a kid book and poetry. Over 10 years ago had won a few national and international songwriting awards.
- Website: www.theartofchristalynbrooks.com
- Phone: 9512527014
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @artofchristalynbrooks
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