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Sarah Brokke: Embody

John Steffl GalleryMarch 21–May 8, 2022

Sarah Brokke’s oil paintings blaze with color. Fluid forms swirl around human figures, recording intangible dreams and lived mythos. Energy radiates from within a painting’s subject, sharing grief, joy, and pain with the viewer, connecting individuals, generations, and species. Brokke identifies a correlation between the exploitation of our shared planet and the embodiment of the feminine. Life and hope percolate throughout each painting despite the imposing darkness, with water becoming roots which transform into veins; a mirror of nature found within our bodies. The false dichotomies fall away between humanity and nature, between self and other. Emerging instead: an invitation to Embody our natural and divine worlds.

Image Credit: Sarah Brokke, “To Hold It All,” oil on canvas, 2021, 36”x48”

Sarah Brokke is the director of the art program and an associate professor at the College of St. Scholastica. She holds a BFA from University of Minnesota Duluth and an MFA from Bowling Green State University. Brokke has exhibited extensively and is a published author and illustrator.

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