Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

“I am excited to bring my art the thousand miles that lie between my childhood home and New Mexico, to share it with the community that I grew up in.  The exhibit includes works in mixed media, photography, encaustic (beeswax and resin), and assemblage.  All express a love of life, the land, sky and water, Earth and all her creatures.  Though I use a variety of mediums and eclectic materials, the intention is the same.  My work is about joy, connection, wholeness, and beauty ~ deep and sacred beauty; a sense of time, and at once, timelessness.  There is strong yet delicate wisdom, sometimes sacred laughter alive inside these works” states the artist.
Julie was born in Fairfield, Iowa in 1959 and grew up on the family farm. After receiving a Bachelor’s Degree from Iowa Wesleyan College in 1983, she moved to Phoenix, Arizona.   There, she established her studio; exhibited in numerous group and solo exhibits locally, regionally, and nationally; and taught art in the public schools, at the Phoenix Art Museum, Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan, and other venues.  A series of serious health issues would slow her professional progress over two decades but did not curtail it.  In 2010 Julie made Albuquerque, New Mexico her new home where she set up her new studio at the Factory on 5th Art Space near downtown Albuquerque.   
Julie Suzanne Brokken_4Brokken’s current art mediums include mixed media encaustic photography, mixed media collage works on paper, assemblage, and installation pieces with some works combining elements from all of these. Through her two and three-dimensional work, Julie shares a deep connection to Nature, Spirit and the precious intimacies of the world around us.  She’s on a quiet mission to reawaken our awareness of our interconnectedness and interdependence, knowing our sense of separation is but an illusion.  She invites us to celebrate and value all of life on Mother Earth, to embrace her mysteries, to make a difference, to create a sustainable future.   Brokken’s most recent solo exhibitions and installations include “B R E A T H: Giving Form to Spirit”, “Enlightened Laundry”, and “Prayer Flag Moon” at The Source. “Delicate Wisdom, Sacred Laughter” at Tortuga Gallery, and “Waxing Poetic” at Satellite in Albuquerque, NM.  Recent group exhibits include “Living Artifacts” and the “2017 Summer Collective” at Tortuga Gallery; “Doors for Women in the Arts” at the Juliana Kirwin Studio; and The Birds and the Bees: A Pop-Up Celebration at Found on 4th, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Brokken has participated in curated shows in Tucson, Arizona, and is included in the permanent collection at the Tucson Museum of Art and private collections nationally.
 Brokken’s poems have been published in Malpais Review, La Palabra: The Word is a Woman, Mas Tequila Review, A Good Place To Stumble Upon:
Illustrated Haiku, Adobe Walls, The Rag, FJulie Suzanne Brokken_1ixed and Free: An Anthology, Duke City Fix, 200 New Mexico Poems, La Bloga: On the Road for Banned Books. Poets Responding to AZ SB 1070; Artistica Zine; The Sierra Club Grand Canyon Echo.  She has featured at Sunday Chatter, Fixed & Free, and Adobe Walls in Albuquerque, NM.  Julie has participated in 100 Thousand Poets for Change and supports Librotraficante with her poem “Smuggle Compassion”.   She reads at open mics in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico.  Look for her upcoming chapbook, “Eating Wild Roses”. 
Brokkens exhibit will continue through the end of September, when she expects to travel back to Fairfield for a high school class reunion and another short visit. The FAA is looking to share some of her creative processes and poeta talents in that time period.