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Ellen Brooks Art

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Brooks' art and her method merge a provocatively curious pair of antecedents. On the one hand, her approach recalls that of the Florentine Mannerists, in particular Pontormo, whose pursuit of his art meant he had to "superare la natura' and transform it with his own idiosyncratic passion for ornamentation and artificiality. Like him, Brooks pushes her subjects beyond nature to pursue a saturated esthetic that thrives on hyper-reality, on the Mannerists' competition to outdo nature. On the other > MORE hand, her sensibility connects with the genre of science fiction. Just as science fiction takes as its starting point known entities, exaggerating familiar, natural phenomena to the point that they become alien, even repugnant, Brooks manipulates the viewer's customary bearings toward and reception of the natural world. Her objects, so attractive and therefore seemingly so accessible, in fact remain elusive as the viewer struggles to retrieve their familiarity.^ LESS
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