Zoey Brookshire opens studio in Boone

By Jesse Campbell (jesse.campbell@mountaintimes.com)

Article Published: Jul. 11, 2013 | Modified: Jul. 15, 2013
Zoey Brookshire opens studio in Boone

Zoey Brookshire, pictured left, is excited about the large studio she is preparing to unveil to the public this weekend.

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Zoey Brookshire’s work has hung in studios and galleries around the world.

Now, the artist has a space in her hometown of Boone to showcase her postmodernist view of the world. She is hoping others will open their minds to her interpretations when they visit her studio during an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 14. The studio is located within the confines of the Blue Sky Warehouse on State Farm Road.

Brookshire said the studio would give her the opportunity to showcase pieces and work on exhibits that would have been previously hindered by spatial issues.

“I’ve been working on large-scale drawings of men holding birds,” Brookshire said of her latest work. “My figurative pieces have been mostly of women, so I’m excited about these new figures. These are large-scale drawings, and, hopefully, I will be showing some large-scale paintings and mixed media.”

While Brookshire welcomes the large open space of her new studio, she feels her new artistic platform will also offer a more intimate feel to those who enjoy her work.

“This will not be a formal show of how I would do a typical gallery where the works are very much related to each other,” Brookshire said. “This is more casual because it is a studio. It is a little more edgier, and I can take more chances with the work because it is more postmodern.”

A Watauga County native, Brookshire discovered a love for art while enrolled at the University of South Carolina. While she initially majored in philosophy, Brookshire decided on a different academic route — art history and studio.

Since then, she has hosted 20 solo exhibitions across the country.

Despite Brookshire’s national acclaim as an artist, the low-key studio opens up a new door.

“A studio this size for me is really a dream,” she said. “In smaller studios, I would be working on one thing and waiting for it to dry before I could move onto something else. Now, I can happily go from medium to medium.”

When asked what she wants viewers of her work to take away, Brookshire said the message is rather simple.

“I want people not to be afraid to look at ourselves and their lives,” Brookshire said. “Right now, the world seems to be in a lot of chaos and a lot of confusion. In spite of that, there is a sense of wonder in just being alive that is available to us, and I would like to celebrate that wherever it may take us. I hope that I’m not afraid to look at the darker things we all have to face sooner or later in ourselves and in our society. I think we have to look at both to find a balance and not blind ourselves to anything.”

During the summer months, Brookshire’s studio will be open to the public from 1 to 4 p.m. on the weekends.

Zoey Brookshire’s studio is located at Blue Skies Complex, No. 11, at 428 State Farm Road in Boone. For more information, visit http://www.zoeybrookshire.com.

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