Brooke Erin Goldstein
Brooke Erin Goldstein is an artist, curator and stylist living in Providence RI. She was born in New City, NY and began taking art and sewing classes at the age of 3. She is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Textiles. Her creative professional career started with her work as a technical, textiles and surface designer in the apparel industry. Brooke currently sits on the exhibition committee at the Jamestown Arts Center. She has road tripped through all of the continental U.S. States except for Nebraska and likens the changing landscape to her love of surface design. Brooke currently owns and operates 4 creative businesses including Kiosk PVD which was named 2016’s Best Creative Pop-Up by Rhode Island Monthly. The experience she has gained from being self employed for the last 13 years has made her deeply devoted to the promotion and empowerment of entrepreneurship world wide.
From the moment we are born our relationship with textiles begins. Color, texture and repeating patterns not only cover us but surround us. Fibers are the supporting players of our memories and daily actions. As a textile artist I use our human connection with fabric to immerse the viewer in an emotional experience.
My work incorporates a variety of techniques such as quilting, fabric painting, digital printing, silkscreen and surface design based drawing. I use these tools to explore ideas of childhood, relationships and the concept of “Home”. More specifically I explore what goes on behind closed doors and how that relates to our understanding of disfunction and abuse.
I have a deep need to explore these issues and how they affect us as individuals and as a society outside of my own therapeutic practice. I believe if myself and others can be honest about our experiences through the use of various art forms we can de-stigmatize and create a greater understanding of the emotional complexity of domestic disfunction and abuse situations.
There is no shock value in my work. I use bright colors to visually invite the viewer into my “spaces” and encourage them to project their own narrative onto my work. I intentionally leave any mistakes I make in the production of my work to be seen in the final product. The form is human. The finish is flawed. I use this to let the viewer notice that everything seems bright and clean at first but then you realize things aren't quite right. I encourage them to question why this seems off, what is the problem here, is there something sinister about this space or these works? It is my intention to make the viewer feel both comfort and familiarity as well as discomfort and uncertainty, mimicking the confusion may of us feel as children and adults in dysfunctional relationships with the people we love.