Who I am, my intentions and purpose:
About my work-
In my art practice I prefer that the result of my work be deconstructed to the extent that possible interpretation becomes multifaceted. By applying abstraction, and abstaining from recognizable form, I hope to amplify the visceral experience of the spectator by creating compositions, organisms, and atmospheres that generate tranquil poetic images leaving traces and balances on the edge of recognition and alienation, while creating intense personal moments by means of rules and omissions, acceptance and refusal.
My works are often about basic living elements and ideas examined in less obvious ways and sometimes developed in absurd ways. By parodying mass media, exploiting human desires and desperations, exaggerating certain formal aspects inherent to our contemporary society, I make works that can be seen as self-portraits and ironies. Sometimes they appear idiosyncratic or contradictory in which everyday objects are altered or detached from their natural function, at other times, they seem subtly discriminating and more in tune to a poetic aesthetic.
Overall, I am always in a search for new methods, and am constantly experimenting with different materials and their capacity to transform. Ideally, I enjoy the use of appropriated and repurposed materials, borrowed from a day-to-day context, because I find that the evolution of these materials adds to an inherent awkwardness- a humour that echoes our own vulnerabilities, while also suggestively advocating environmental conscious to a “throw away” society. I am also interested in performance and how my work, and/ or myself can interact with the public within a space. But those are still ideas still being explored and not necessarily concrete at this moment.
Rochelle Brickner aka Repurpose Me and RoBO Textiles (b.San Antonio, TX, 1973) is primarily a self taught mixed-media and textile artist. Rochelle works and lives in South Hyde Park, Kansas City where she pursues many practices of art in her studio/ living space, while working slowly but surely towards a BFA in fiber and sculpture at the Kansas City Art Institute.
Before finally deciding to pursue her passion in mixed-media art, she worked as a hair stylist for 13 years, which included many opportunities to explore and break the monotony of salon work by participating as a hair artist in hair & fashion shows within the Kansas City, Missouri metropolitan area. These experiences were inspirational to her more recent explorations in textiles, which have taken her beyond creating 3-dimensional mixed media pieces, to experimenting with heat fusing recycled plastic bags into a durable material. The material is later expressed into her mixed-media work or used to create functional items.