About The Work

From my point of view we are hilarious and tragic.

Working with porcelain, wood, fabric, candor and my muse, I try and illustrate our humanness in my work. This I find most challenging and uplifting, spending my time each day to bring these characters into being. At last complete, it is the personality that shows me who He is; indeed and alas, I am only a tool for its creation.

Which brings me to the real reason for my art and work. These days there is a seemingly never ending tale of bad news filled with injustice and war between nations and cultures and each other.

One thing only is needed, to laugh and dance together to the music that is ours for the sharing.

So...I've been creating in my studio these beings who sit around and offer humanness in their 'fool'ishness. They are just the same as we are, through them we can take a good look at ourselves and find a little lightness in our heads and hearts and maybe they will bring a little spring to your step as you move through your day.

People are often asking me about my ladders.

I have been drawing, painting, and building ladders, using saplings, milled lumber, and other media for more than 42 years. At first I was unaware of the reason that these monolithic forms were so persistently being created. Now I realize that these ladders are a symbol that I and we must strive to Get To A Higher Place in our plight to understand the fragility and preciousness of our world and work hard to protect it and all the beings that inhabit it. The ladders are, for me, a reminder to walk gently on this earth.

mona adisa brooks
2011ph here.