Part of the Party: The Visual Story of the Onyx Brotherhood and Walter Houston III
About the artist, Erica Brooks : As an artist and arts educator I love to delve into the connections we all share as humans. I also love to dissect the differences between us that cannot be overlooked. I do this exploration through arts based storytelling. My process begins with interviewing individuals and then creating art as a way to reflect upon those interviews. These reflections are in the form of audio interviews, paintings, drawings, photography and digital art. When interviewing another person, my first goal is to avoid using my words to tell their story. The art is the bridge between my understanding of their story and their own words and experiences. My art translates into a visual representation of the feeling and aura of the individual I am interviewing. My art can help audiences visually connect with the interviewee and co-artist. As I grow as an artist, I hope use my work to tell stories that are not always heard in the mainstream media. I want to tell the stories of people of color, queer people, people of differing gender identities. By telling these stories creatively, I want open up the narrative of these groups beyond the stories heard in the media or throughout history. In the future, I will continue to tell stories and continue to make art.