“I’m really interested in the polarities of existence as a human being on this earth — love and loss and longing,” says Brooks. “To me that’s kind of where all of the magic resides.” Lola Brooks states in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Felicia Feaster goes on to write: “t is Brooks’ museum–quality, more conceptual pieces that plumb the depths of her obsessions, from the Napoleonic Wars, the Arts and Crafts movement and Victorian mourning jewelry to fairy tales, the gothic literature of Charlotte Bronte and the postmodernist Japanese writer Haruki Murakami. Her work explores the fascinating dips and bends in culture that — consciously or unconsciously — inform how we think about beauty and romance, death and love.”
“Dressed in boots and jeans and a vintage ’60s sundress, Lola Brooks sits at a large wooden table in a tidy 1,000-square-foot studio behind the 19th century house she bought in rural Athens a year ago with her tattoo artist husband, Evan Morgan, after more than two decades in New York City.
An incongruous presence out in the green wilds of Georgia, with her vintage rhinestone eyeglasses and arms and neck encircled by tattoos (bees and butterflies, diamonds and roses, owls and acorns), her tongue-in-cheek collections of potted meats and a freezer full of taxidermy, Brooks does anything but disappear into her surroundings… READ FULL ARTICLE, it is pretty great!
photo: Curtis Compton for AJC