Sookie Brarou is a collage artist based in Brussels, Belgium. An integral aspect of her body of work is first and foremost surrealism. Each piece intends to project the observers in improbable scenes, which look like a postcard from another dimension or a projection in the future. The notions of terrestrial scale, gravity and perspective are questioned through themes such as climate change, the space race, and femininity. Her collages are made out of stock pictures, which are reworked digitally. The creative process of each of them is invariably unique, in the sense that cuts, scales and hues were rethought until their image fragments feel like they were meant to be assembled.
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Exhibitions, awards, collaborations and publications:
2017 Master’s Degree in Architectural Engineering, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium.
2018 Collective exhibition <Art Lover Ground> at Arteria BCN, Barcelona, Spain.
2018 Collective exhibition <Next Generation, Please! > at Bozar, Brussels, Belgium.
2018 Album cover project <Fine Wind Clear Morning> for G.Sav.
2018 Award of the Best Artist of the Year at <2018 GAMMA Young Artist Competition: Global Landscape of Sustainable Art> Tokyo, Japan.
2018 Publication in <Thalia Magazine>, September/October 2018 issue.
2018 Collective exhibition <Monitor Fest> at Athena Factory> Heraklion, Greece.
2018 Postcards project for the promotion of <Monitor Fest> at Athena Factory Heraklion, Greece.
2018 Collective exhibition <International Invited Exhibition> at Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea.
2018 Publication in <Access Magazine Korea>, 2018 Gamma Young Artist Competition special issue.
2019 Honorable Mention Award in the Digital and Photography category at <Fusion Art 2nd Annual Women Artists Art Exhibition>.
2019 Collective exhibition of the <VeniceLands Art Prize> finalists, Treviso, Italy.
2019 Solo exhibition <We Art Ixelles> Brussels, Belgium.
2019 Finalists' collective exhibition at <Visual Art Open 2019 Awards> Chester, UK.
2019 Partnership with <OneFrame> Brussels, Belgium.
2020 Solo exhibition at <Happy Days Ixelles> Brussels, Belgium.
2020 Collective exhibition at <Concept Store Gallery> La Baule, France.
2020 Collective exhibition at <Concept Store Gallery> Paris, France.
2020 Solo online exhibition at <Obition> Seoul, South Korea.
2021 Collective exhibition at <Balthasar> Brussels, Belgium.
Analog collage consists in cutting out physical pictures and assembling their fragments with glue or tape. The pictures can come from magazines or news papers, as well as from crafting coloured paper. Analog pieces have an undeniable retro charm and often consist in one-offs, which makes them even more precious. The fragments overlay gives each creation a great depth, allowing the light to create shadows and reflections on its surface.
Silkscreen printing is a method that allows to "manually" print digitally-formatted works on paper. Sookie decided to experiment with various ways of translating art onto their physical support and silkscreen printing quickly became her favorite. The prints are prepared using four colors (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black) and manually performed on a high-quality 300g matte finish paper. As with the analog work, each piece is dated, signed and comes with COA (certificate of authenticity).
Why is silkscreen printing so special?
Silkscreen printing is a printing technique where ink is transferred onto a surface by using a mesh. A blade is moved across the screen to fill the open mesh apertures with ink, and a reverse stroke then causes the screen to touch the substrate momentarily along a line of contact. One color is printed at a time, so several screens can be used to produce a multicolored image or design.
Prints on wood
Printing artworks on wood allows to enhance any original design in ways that are impossible with printing on paper. In areas of lighter color, the wood grain shows through the ink, adding a subtle feel and allowing unique imperfections of the grain and random knots to be seen. On the other hand, areas with darker colors take on a more dramatic tone and show a heavy contrast between the artwork and the organic wood material.
Depending on the tint of the wood, one or many layers of white ink are applied before the actual colors. The prints are made using a UV printer.
The regular prints
Sookie also performs regular prints on paper using high performance inkjet printers. The prints are available in a wide variety of formats and come with a protective wooden frame.
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