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ABOUT BROOKLYN FINK

Born in Saskatoon in 1984, Brooklyn Fink is an interdisciplinary studio artist with roots in drawing and painting. Her postconceptualist practice appropriates the visual languages of heraldry (shields), vexillology (flags), graffiti (drawing on the walls), and art history (standing on the shoulders of giants), as means to elevate the discourse around such enduring issues as {philosophy, science, morality, sexuality, gender, rhetoric, tradition, and (dis)ability}.

Having graduated with her BFA from the University of Calgary in 2010, Brooklyn studied under such artists as {Eric Cameron, Kim Huynh, Jean-René Leblanc, Bill Laing, Ron Kostyniuk, and the late John Stocking}. Her research in art school was focused on interactive digital technologies and computer-numeric-controlled sculpture, but in the end, her thesis was six paintings.

Still-life with Basket and Machinery
Still-life with copperware, human skull, book, compass, pencil, and BlackBerry
Still-life with basket, bread, flora, candle, coins, and rosary

a philology of visual language

In 2014, having grown disillusioned with the incoherences within contemporary art discourse, Brooklyn went in search of, what she was calling then, “a philology of visual language,” and discovered it readymade for her in the ancient practice of heraldry. Heraldry liberates the contemporary visual artist from the vagaries of conceptualist semiology by reacquainting the artist and the viewer with the “heraldic dictionary.” The artist need not be in attendance, neither a didactic be hanging on the wall, for the viewer to understand an heraldic work; for if the viewer does not know what “a saltire raguly Gules” or “a thistle slipped and leaved proper” are, he can just look them up in the dictionary.

More recently, Brooklyn has returned to a more subtle visual language than the heraldic, stepping-back into still-life and the tableau, exploring the digital camera as a means to paint contemporary tenebrist works that challenge fashionable notions of iconoclasm through unabashed love for images.

Remixing ancient and modern languages, symbolism, mark-making, and materials, Brooklyn creates what are conventionally considered to be “beautiful” objects, engendered with Athenian taste and animated with Lacedaemonian spirit.

She is currently working in studio, in downtown Vancouver, to render portraits of men and women in uniform, in visual dialogue with appropriated archival imagery.

Portrait of Mr Henry Beaumont, QC
Portrait of a Young Boy
Portrait of Professor Jean-René Leblanc