Brooke Marks-Swanson works with sterling silver and acrylic paint on copper and 18K gold to create brooches and necklaces inspired by the subtle coloration and topography of her Midwestern landscape. She says about her work, “I am drawn to the beauty of things imperfect, impermanent and incomplete. I portray my passion of working in metal through fabrication, chasing, mark making, scratching and removing; resulting in pieces that provide information of the past while speaking of the present. My objective is to cause the viewer to speculate, imagine and to investigate, in a personal way, those issues relative to a sense of beauty, which drives the focus of my research.”
Marks-Swanson received a B.F.A from Indiana University and an M.F.A. from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her work appears in ‘500 Necklaces’ (Lark Books, 2006) and Metalsmith magazine. She has received numerous honors and awards for her work, including the Society of North American Goldsmiths educational endowment.