Root Division in partnership with Rhodes & Fletcher, LLC
present a Spare Change Artist Space exhibition:
Work by Brooke Westfall
Curator: Amy Cancelmo
Artist Talk: Thursday, July 18th, 5:45-8 pm
Join us for an intimate artist's talk with Root Division Studio Artist Brooke Westfall about her work currently on view at Spare Change. Westfall creates works on paper that utilize storybook illustrations and coloring book structures to examine the psychological and sociocultural effects of family dynamics. Influenced largely by eastern miniature painting and illuminated manuscripts, many of the drawings contain intricately dense patterns and inviting details only to mask the often disturbing and violent nature of the underlying narrative.
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Attendees to the reception on May 23rd are invited to participate in a special presentation at 5:30 pm. Rhodes & Fletcher, LLC will host a panel discussion in conjunction with this event to be held in the Merchants Exchange Club located in the lower lobby of 465 California Street. The topic of conversation will be “Staying Young”; defining age, discussing the elements most responsible for “aging” and offering tips on how to stay young. Panelists include Equinox personal trainer, C.J. Blackman, professional organizer, Emily Wilska, estate planning attorney, Elizabeth Krivatsy, and featured artist, Brooke Westfall. The artist reception will officially begin following the panel discussion on the 8th floor at approximately 6:45pm. The gallery will not be open until the panel discussion has concluded.
Westfall creates her work on paper by utilizing storybook illustrations and coloring book structures to showcase the psychological and sociocultural effects of family dynamics. These paintings are mostly influenced by eastern miniature paintings and illuminated manuscripts. With such influences, she creates her work by including intricately dense patterns and inviting details only to mask the often disturbing and violent nature of the underlying narrative.
“Revised Inheritance” features a new series of painstakingly detailed renderings of paper artifacts. “They are mostly pieces of paper I found while helping my family organize and settle my grandmother’s estate,” explains Westfall. A certificate of baptism, a marriage license, newspaper clippings, and store receipts are some of the startlingly realistic documents rendered in the series through watercolor and ink.