Serena Brooks: textile art

 
 

Continually inspired by the energy of the 60’s and 70’s, Serena uses her own hand-dyed as well as commercial and recycled fabrics to “paint” her textile art compositions. She then utilizes thread to embellish her pieces in order to create added texture. Choosing to construct a piece either by fuse and collage, or by sewing together the pieces by machine, will depend on her intended effect. Someone who recently viewed a photograph of one of her pieces commented, “if this were a painting, it would be magnificent!” Yes, although her art does look very painterly, as she works on a piece, Serena asks herself, “Why is this a quilt?” – her intention is that every creation be beautiful BECAUSE it is made with fabric, with construction-stitching and top-stitching, resulting in a more beautiful creation than it would in any other medium.

Serena has exhibited her art internationally, and her piece, "Mid-Century Modern II", inspired by the home that her father designed and built, won the 2014 "Best Improvisation" award at the American Quilter's Society Modern Quilt Exhibition. She finds that the pieces that are inspired by an emotional connection are those that are the most successful.

 

Awards and Exhibitions

QUILTCON West, Pasadena, CA 2016
Serena Brooks: An Exhibition of Art Quilts,
Lewis/Schoeplein Gallery, Los Angeles, CA -- Solo Show, 2015
QUILTCON
, Austin, TX, 2015, 2013, Second Place “Best Improvisation” award, “Aleph Bet”, 2015
Studio Art Quilt Associates, Deux exhibition, 2013-2014
American Quilter's Society, Modern Quilt Exhibition, "Best Improvisation" award, "Mid Century Modern II", 2014
Quilts – A World of Beauty, International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX, 2014, 2010, 2008
Quilts=Art= Quilts, Schweinfurth Art Center, Auburn, NY, 2014, 2012
Connections, Hillcrest Center for the Arts, Thousand Oaks, CA, 2012
Leo Baeck Temple Art Exhibition, Los Angeles, CA, 2012
American Quilter’s Society, 27th annual Quilt Show and Contest, Paducah, KY, 2011
Circle of Care, Dreams on Canvas Exhibition, Van Nuys, CA, 2010, 2009
Hoffman Challenge, U.S. tour, 2010-2011
10 Artists/10 Days group exhibition, Culver City, CA, 2009
Serena Brooks Textile Art – Solo show, Lewis Schoeplein Gallery, Culver City, CA, 2009
Benartex’ Piece, Love and Quilts contest – Grand Prize Winner, 2008