Painter and sculptor Brendan Monroe goes under the microscope for an interview with Poketo. He shares about his inspirations, his studio, and his design for our new line of tee shirts called, “Circle.”
Hi Brendan! How are you?
Have you been working on anything new lately?
Yep. I’ve been making a bunch of small drawings/paintings based on repetitive motion.
You do sculpture as well as painting. When did you start working with both of these mediums? Do you prefer one over the other?
Well painting is kinda what I’ve always done. And I started on sculpting while in school. My first wood sculpture was of a tree for a forgery project.
That one is inspired by schooling patterns. I was keeping in mind fish in circular tanks that you sometimes see in aquariums. I thought it was interesting that they always seem to be following. None are really leading and they seem to go on continually that way forever. Then I replaced the fish with a more simple and basic life form shape of a flat worm.
Where do you draw most of your inspiration from?
Science, Nature, and Life.
What does your studio look like?
It has fake wood flooring, it’s red on the outside, there are lots of things on the walls. There’s some flat files, three desks, a wall that usually is empty unless there is a big painting being worked on. There is a skylight and kinda small windows that mostly look out to a fence. One of which has a vine growing on it with some really nice bright red-pink flowers on it.
There is a deep visceral feeling about many of your pieces. There are
some really interesting and intense textures. Do you try to evoke any emotion in your work?
I’m not sure what I’m trying to evoke. I don’t know if I really think too much about how others are going to view the work. What I do know is that I want it to be satisfying to me. I want to be able to be lost in it. I want to connect with it on some kind of emotional level. I need it to be intricate and beautiful from my perspective. And I need it to challenge me.
That’s beautiful. Thanks Brendan!