Brooks Harris Stevens
On Leave - Returning Fall, 2017
Brooks Stevens was born in Raleigh, North Carolina. She received a BFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design, and her MFA from East Carolina University. She began teaching at EMU in 2007.
By the age of four, my curiosity and desire to utilize fabric as a means of expression had begun. As life changed in all its ways, I grew to perceive Fiber Art as a constant, necessary, and unwavering passion. To create with diverse mediums and techniques such as weaving, screen-printing, collage, and sculpture is life-giving for me. I experience challenges as I explore the materials, their structure, and their symbiotic relationships. I push myself to explore a variety of materials, whether synthetic or natural fibers, and I escape in the process of creation. I rely on personal insight to develop the relationship between my materials and my experiences, as the materials are brought into a relationship with each other only through technique, united with the exploration of a concept. I am drawn to exploring family dynamics and the relationships within the family structure by exploring the relationships of materials and the techniques that allow them their expression.