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Courtney Brooke

 

Courtney Brooke (°1980, New England, United States) is a photographer and conceptual artist. She explores the ties of the feminine to nature and spirituality through the lens of nostalgia. Moments are depicted that only exist to punctuate human drama and clarify our cosmic existence, while finding the poetic meaning in everyday life.

Brooke’s photos establish a link between the landscape’s reality and that imagined by its conceiver. Her works focus on concrete questions that grapple with our existence. By emphasizing aesthetics, she creates work through labour-intensive processes as a personal exorcism ritual. Rather than presenting factual reality, her illusions conjure the realms of our imaginations.

Her works sometimes read as cold or bleak, but always with disconcerting beauty. The inherent seductive quality of the work, along with the conciseness of her exhibitions, add to the manifold layers of meaning. By referencing romanticism, feminism and various forms of symbolism, she investigates the dynamics of landscape, the manipulation of its effects and the limits of its spectacle based on our assumptions of what landscape is.

By contesting the division between the realm of memory and the realm of experience, Brooke absorbs the tradition of remembrance art into daily practice. This personal revival of a past tradition is important as an act of meditation.

Her works are often classified as part of the new romantic movement because of her focus on the local in an ever-globalizing world. However, this reference is not intentional, as this kind of art is part of the collective memory.

 

Artist Statement:

My work explores the relationship between the feminine, the natural world and spirituality.

With influences such as witchcraft, the romantics, mother earth and death, I am exploring what it is to exist in a human form.

Ever since I was an adolescent I have been fascinated by the unrelenting pressure of time and it’s relationship to beauty. What starts out as yearning soon becomes manipulated into a tragedy of temptation, leaving only a sense of nihilism and the prospect of a new beginning.

I strive to create a visual moment that urges the viewer to question spirituality, the human experience and one's own connection to the universe.

 

 

Gallery Showings

 

Graveyard Gallery

Harbor Art, October 2015, Boston MA

Motion Emotion

Hosmer Gallery, October 2015, Northampton Ma    

Delirious Ordinary

Rozz Tox Art, October 2015, Florence Ma                                                                                                                                       

The Witch's Mark

Hope and Feathers Gallery, July 2015, Amherst Ma

Outre' Gallery

2015 Melbourne, Australia

Booty Worship Show

Group Show, SuperChief Gallery, May 2015, LA, CA

Chaotic Forms

Group show, Nave Gallery, Somerville MA

Paper And Light

Joint Show with paper artist Sam Dere  Winter 2013

Northampton Ma.  

Dane Gallery

Indian Orchard, MA

“Study of Women” exhibit 2005

 

 

Publications/Press

Luna Luna Magazine

Artist Feature, November 2015  http://www.lunalunamagazine.com/dark/an-interview-with-light-witch-courtney-brooke

Fused Magazine

Artist Feature www.fusedmagazine.co.uk/courtney-brooke/

Sciences Occultes Magazine N°3

http://www.sciencesoccultes.fr/magazine

Scout Magazine

Sept 2010 Nomad, Light Witch & Cover www.scoutmag.presspublisher.us

Revel In New York

Jan, 2010 www.revelinnewyork.com

Flaunt Magazine

Issue 106 Kinds of Love www.flaunt.com

Plan B Magazine

Band  Photography March 2009 www.Planbmag.com

The Coveted

Artist interview  www.theCoveted.com

N.E.E.T Magazine

Full Fashion Spread  www.neetmagazine.com

Del Mar Wedding Magazine

Fashion Spread 2008

Off Beat Bride

Photo Feature 2007 Wedding Photography www.offbeatbride.com

Nerve Online Magazine

Art & Fashion Spread 2007   www.nerve.com


Commissioned Work

Sovrin

Branding shots Summer 2015

Simka Sol

Look book fall/winter 2015

Aniela Parys

Product/branding shots summer 2015

Oxen

Album art work 2015

Father John Misty/ Marissa Nadler Split

Album Art work 2014

Ashely Rose Couture

Promo/branding shots winter 2014

Potty Mouth

Promo shots Fall 2014

Muffy Brandt

Promo Shots Fall 2014

Moon Magic

Promo Shots Fall 2014

Burial Ground

Branding campaign Fall 2014

www.burialground.com

Do It Girl

Branding Photos summer 2014

www.doitgirl.com

Sin Eater

Collaborative product shoot with Bill Crisafi Summer 2014

BloodMilk

Fall 2013 Lookbook

Elemental Child

Fall 2013 Look Book

Elementalchild.com

Wild Horse Goods

Fall 2013 LookBook

Wildhorsegoods.com

Mayflower Supply

Fall 2013 LookBook

Home Body

Promo Photos 2013

Avedis  

Promo Photos 2013

Heart of Gold Designs

2013 Spring, Summer, and Fall 2014  Branding Campaigns

Photography, Model, art direction and Stylist

http://heartofgolddesigns.com/

Alec K. Redfearn and The Eyesores

The official music video for “The 7 and 6”

Writer, Director, Wardrobe, Props and Design

Alec K. Redfearn and The Eyesores

2012 Promo Photography

http://aleckredfearn.com/

Mercitron

Gone Galactic Album art 2012

http://mercitron.bandcamp.com/album/gone-galactic

Ex Reverie

Black Butterfly Co-direction on Music Video 2012

http://www.exreveriemusic.com/#019/tumblr

Marissa Nadler

2011-2013 Promo photography & Video Stylist

http://marissanadler.com

Autumn Defense

2010 Promo Photography

http://theautumndefense.com

Alternative Apparel

Branding/Spring 2010 line

 www.alternativeapparel.com/

Beloved & Co.

Press Photography 2009

www.Ladylanova.blogspot.com

Mama Stone Vintage

Promo Photography 2007-2009

Fashion and Art Direction

www.mamastonevintage.com

Laced with Romance Vintage

Promo Photography 2009

Fashion and Art Direction

The Tall Pines

Campfire Songs

Album Art 2009 and 2011

www.myspace.com/thetallpines

Beau Roland Band

Out Of This Fog

Album artwork 2009

www.Beaurolandband.com

Bona Drag Boutique

Promo Photography 2007-2008

Fashion and Art Direction

www.bonadrag.com

Greg Weeks

The Hive

Language of Stone Records

Album art 2008

www.gregweeks.net

Alice Jones

Promo Photography 2008

Fashion and Art Direction

www.myspace.com/alicevjones

Witch

Paralyzed

Tee Pee Records

Album Art 2008

www.teepeerecords.com

Lullie Vintage

Promo Photography 2007-2008

Fashion and Art Direction

www.lullieclothing.com

South Paradiso Leather

Promo Photography 2008

www.southparadisoleather.com

Daughter of the Sun Leather

Promo Photography 2008

Fashion and Art Direction

www.daughterofthesun.com

Freddy & Ma Handbags

Promo Photography 2008

www.freddyandma.com

Joanna Erdos & The Midnight Show

Promo Photography 2008

http://www.joannaerdos.com/

Ex Reverie

The Door Into Summer

Language of Stone Records

Album Art 2008

www.exreverie.com

Ilya Monosov

Seven Lucky Plays

Language of Stone Records

Album Art 2008

www. languageofstone.com

Woodwose

Language of Stone Records

Album Art 2007

www. languageofstone.com

Voice of the Seven Woods

Twisted Nerve Records

Promo And Album Art 2007

www.voiceofthesevenwoods.com

Elise Bergman Fashion

Promo Photography 2007

www.elisebergman.com

Cinerama Peel Sessions vol.3

Album Art 2007

www.scopitones.co.uk

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Baby 81(Euro Release)

RCA / Island Records

Album Art 2007

www.blackrebelmotorcycleclub.com

Rodel LA

Promo Photography 2007

www.rodel-la.com

Bat For Lashes

Promo Photography 2007

www.batforlashes.com

Jonathan Wilson

Pretty and Black Records

Promo Photography 2006

Feathers

Gnomonsong Records

Promo And Album Art 2006

www.gnomonsong.com