Arabella Brooke lives and works in London, but her work is exhibited in galleries and exhibitions around the UK, and found in collections around the world. She is a member of the Chelsea Art Society, winner of the Ridgeway Prize for Best Sculpture, and a regular contributor to The Discerning Eye, the SWA, and Art for Youth amongst others. She teaches at West Dean College in West Sussex and The Art Academy in London.
My sculptures are figurative, that is recognisably human, and they seem to tell a story, but this is never so explicit that the viewer doesn’t have to ‘fill in’ the gaps for themselves. I think my approach has been strongly influenced by the power of ancient myths and stories to name truths which resonate beyond time and place, and the same archetypal characters keep reappearing: Mother, Warrior, Wanderer.
They explore themes of identity and meaning in a fast-moving and disposable world.
I love to draw, but sculpture is charged with a power beyond 2-D work, not just because you can touch it but because it has actual physical presence, and because it’s very existence in a location actually changes the space it which it sits. This changes how you experience everything around it; something our ancestors understood when they placed great natural forms in significant locations.