Mitsuko Brooks
"People who remember court madness"
Discarded 19th century book cover, acrylic, paper
4" x 7"
This collage on a rare 19th century marbled, discarded book cover is inspired by James Baldwin's novel 'Giovanni's Room." The text painted on the piece is directly taken from his book, which reads, "People who remember court madness through pain, the pain of the perpetually recurring death of their innocence; people who forget court another kind of madness..." due to it's evocative meanings on life, which resonated with my own experiences.

Historical narratives provide a context for my work, based in the personal/emotional and geographic. I am always thinking about cognitive distortions and specifically experience with trauma and how that affects our everyday thinking and thoughts. I am also interested in how our geographic origins define our lives today. As a bi-product of colonialism (having been born on a U.S. Air Force Base) and having lived a transnational childhood (overseas and stateside), I confront issues on identity, race and mental illness through my handmade collages on discarded library book covers.
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