Caelli Jo Brooker is an artist, teacher and designer undertaking PhD research exploring materiality and mark-making in the digital age. As an early career researcher and visual arts practitioner, she has been involved in 11 solo exhibitions, and over 70 group exhibitions and teaches design in the faculty of Creative Industries at Hunter TAFE, having previously worked as an arts administrator, curator and gallery director. Arriving at art and design through printmaking, her areas of speciality are drawing, painting, graphic design, print media, typography, and artists’ books. Her creative practice explores the nexus between art and design, engaging line and gesture as a personal visual language for the translation of observed and conceptualised elements into abstract mark-making.
Creatively, I am interested in visual and material translation, metaphorical organisational and spatial structures and embodied experience in making and process within visual methodologies of research. (I like making images that refer to their own making)
The works for Out of Hand explore these structures and models, contrasting a symbolic spatial monochrome and a corresponding metaphorical schema of spatial colour. These juxtapositions manifest in formal aspects, both literal and allegorical through the prism of abstract mark-making, at once chaotic and distilled. (some of the works are busy, some are not)
Within the deployment of a gestural language of known line and shape, more spontaneous visual, haptic and material decisions are enacted; referencing an analogue encounter of mark-making that offers evidence of the hand’s insistence on visibility within the expanding digitality of visual culture. (scribbling is still interesting to me)
These works operate as personal diagrammatic materialisations of multiple creative processes and strategies of abstraction. (these works are maps of ideas)
Receptively, the work is concerned with manipulating measures of opacity in revealing this personal and theoretical content, and the perception of persistent visual tropes that prevent abstract art from being as abstract as we might intend. (people see things in my work that are not there)
Caelli Jo Brooker