Today we’d like to introduce you to Bebe Brookman.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I grew up in the cloudy Midwest. My mother was an abstract artist – way ahead of her time. She studied at the Art Institute of Chicago in the tumultuous 60s. I am forever grateful for having such an ‘out of the box’ mother. I have such fond memories of lying on the grass with her looking up at the clouds. We would see an image, and it would quickly morph into something else. Then she would get a glint in her eyes and say, ‘let’s go throw some paints around.’ We would guess what the images were that appeared on the canvas and quickly alter the painting into a different image. She showed me a freedom I have not found elsewhere.
I’ve always been attracted to abstract art. To me, it is like a universal language. The artist doesn’t tell the viewer what to see. The artist requests emotional reaction. We’ve all experienced pain, disappointment, fear, longing, love, peace, tranquility. An abstract piece lets you feel the emotion and fill in your own particular details. I hope you will generally relate to the emotion of my art as you fill in your particular details.
Please tell us about your art.
When I was in college, I studied psychology. I was particularly fascinated when I learned about Rorschach tests. It was fascinating to me that two people could see the same image and have totally different impressions. I look at my art as a Rorschach. So I start with an intention or a particular emotion I want to release, and the only structure is my choice of color and composition. I usually keep going until I feel satisfied. I like to sit with my paintings and see what pops out on any particular day knowing full well that on another day and another mood I will see something different.
I have been fascinated by the feedback I get from viewers. One person may see something like a bridge that connects people while another person looks at the same image and sees it as a roadblock. It just reminds me always that we each bring our individual background to our everyday experiences. I like to think of my paintings as a way for myself and my viewers to have a conversation with our own unconscious. I see my paintings as deep and meaningful and needing reflection so we can, as Socrates would say, “know thyself.”
As an artist, how do you define success and what quality or characteristic do you feel is essential to success as an artist?
I have always tried to use the definition of success that I learned from Ralph Waldo Emerson, which includes among other things, “To laugh often …. to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children….to appreciate beauty ….to leave the world a bit better … to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.”
I would love to think that people learned more about themselves and the universality of human experiences by getting absorbed in my paintings.
And of course, I’d like to have people clamoring to buy them!😊
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I have shown my art at various locations around San Diego including the Rep theater, Scripps hospital, the La Mesa library, 57 Degrees, and Creative Crossroads. For the past three years, I have hosted a garden party/popup art show for the ‘On the Edge Art Collective. Here’s a little information about our past events.
I have a website: www.bebebrookman.com
And my functional art Lazy Susan’s can be seen at Creative Crossroads. www.creativexroads.com/
3118, 502 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92103
- Address: 6378 Lake Athabaska Place
San Diego CA 92119
- Website: http://www.bebebrookman.com/
- Phone: 6197334786
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bebebrookman/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bebe.brookman
- Twitter: https://www.artsy.net/artist/bebe-brookman
- Other: https://www.etsy.com/listing/648397582/lazy-susan-handpainted