Mitsuko Brooks

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Artwork
"Asian Music Box: We're So Excotic", gouache and paper on book cover, 7 1/2" x 10"
"The White Woman Is Burning Up", gouache and paper on book cover, 6" x 9"
"Re-Sewing The Wound", paper on wood, 24" x 32"
"Shack-les In The Heart", paper on book cover, 5" x 8 1/2"
"Sexuality II", gouache and paper on book cover, 7" x 9 1/2"
Mitsuko
Brooks
Artist's Statement

I was born in Japan, and spent my youth in Italy and six different American states.

My collages present my thoughts on my ethnicity and female body, and the looming,
sexualized broad status of that body, which exists in the world. In these works I am
coming to terms with the white female sexuality and/or hierarchy [with the contradiction
of my own white and non-white lineage as a backdrop], which is depicted in mainstream
western media. I burn and tease to torture her not to perpetuate female debasement, but
to exorcise the images that shockingly exist in my own brain. Why do violent objectified
images of the female arouse? How does one contain arousal and not burn into chaotic
metaphorical flames?

Bio/Resume

b. 1981, Misawa, Japan

Education:
BFA, The Cooper Union, 2005
The Oxbow School, 2000

Solo and Two Person Exhibitions:
Resuscitate La Mujer/Onna, Resuscitate Josei/La Hembra, Brick, Brooklyn, NY, 2009
Senior Thesis Show, Cooper Union, NY, 2005
Oxbow Postcards, Napa Valley, CA, 2000

Group Exhibitions & Collaborations:
The Mail Art Project, The Artclash Collective, USA, 2010
Rites of Passage: 2005-2010, 41 Gallery, NY, 2010
The Book as Its Own Addendum, Marwen Gallery, Chicago, IL, 2009
11th Annual Postcards from the Edge benefit for Visual AIDS, NY, 2009
No Longer Disturbing: Beneath the Paper Thin Surface, Unsmoke ArtSpace, Braddock, PA, 2009
Mobilivre-Bookmobile Project-in travelling exhibition & tour guide, Canada & NYC, 2001

Permanent Collections are held at Barnard College Library in New York and Artexte Information Center in Canada.