For me. art is my life, I live and breath being an artist.
Choosing to live a life as an artist is not as easy road. We are forever self-doubting, self-reflecting and at the mercy of societies opinions. Am I liked? Am I enough? Personally, I relish in this self-examining and wayward position because it’s constant content for my work.
But when does this become too much and when does an artist cave to what is commercial, what sells and what is more accepted in their culture or community. I find myself struggling to keep as pure to what I want to say as I can… but it’s an endeavor.
My latest 2016 series, “La Fenêtre” taps into these insecurities. Translated directly as “The Window” from French, it is an exploration of inner and outer life. The window is a metaphor for the transition between the two. It speaks of what we reveal to the world and what we keep concealed. We all wear variations of masks, different veils for different circumstances, and rarely do we take them off, exposing ourselves even to our most trusted loved ones.
Nudity is whole other topic that pops up in my work and I find the adverse conservative reactions in the US puzzling. Being physically naked, after all, leaves us in our most vulnerable state. Vulnerability is the core of where we reveal our deepest challenges. My models are rarely clothed because they are revealing their innermost desires, regrets and obstacles: this is their truth, they are bare. If clothing adorns them it is to symbolize something specific within the context of that particular image.
I grew up in a culture where nudity is perceived with a laissez-faire attitude and is not considered overtly sexual. Suppression, on the other hand, causes internal conflicts within people, leading to perversion. My work explores repressions that people deal with on a daily basis, addressing them with depth and levity.
Apart from our fears to confront sexuality and vulnerability as a culture, which I love to philosophize on, I am also intrigued at how as an artist we strive for acceptance while still balancing to stay true to our art. Do we go around just saying “F**k you” to our audience or bend to the requests and reactions to our environment. It may never get answered but when is Art, “Art” or just Art?
Brooke Mason, an Australian born celebrity and fine art feminist photographer has her studio base in West Hollywood, California with her 88lb Barbet studio puppy, Henri. Often traveling for work throughout the USA she enjoys the California sun, which reminds her of growing up on the Northern Beaches in Sydney, Australia.
See Brooke Mason’s work: www.brookemason.com – upcoming exhibits, press and the lastest news.
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