E. Brooke Lanier

E. Brooke Lanier
E. Brooke Lanier
Lanier’s work has always alluded to medicine and science. However, it was not until her own retinal detachment at age 22 that her work began to directly refer to her disability. Lanier’s “eye art” played a great role in helping her process the experience of an artist going blind.
Eye Chart Series 1, E. Brooke Lanier - Embedded
Eye Chart Series 1
Archival inkjet print on Moab photo rag paper, 22” x 11”
2006 - 2007
Universal Pattern, E. Brooke Lanier - Embedded
Universal Pattern
Screen print and thread on Clayboard panel, 12" x 12"
2007
BIO
E. Brooke Lanier (b. 1983, Rochester, MN). She is a top award winner in the 2007 VSA “Driven” competition, exhibited at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C. She recently was the subject of a profile in the Chicago Tribune Sunday magazine. She holds a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

THE ART
Lanier’s work has always alluded to medicine and science. However, it was not until her own retinal detachment at age 22 that her work began to directly refer to her disability. Lanier’s “eye art” played a great role in helping her process the experience of an artist going blind. She characterizes her artistic method as “very laborious and methodical, qualities that lead to a meditative state of mind.” In this series Lanier precisely reproduced the dimensions of a Snellen eye chart, editing her message down to the correct number of letters. She then drew the letters on graph paper, perfected the ratio and spacing, scanned the drawings, and modified them in Photoshop before printing them at regulation size. The effect is to let the humor take you by surprise, partly obscured through the “officially medical” look of the charts.

The texts in this series read:

NEVER COMPLAIN, JUST ASK FOR MORE PAINKILLERS

I CAN NOT SEE YOU BUT I KNOW YOU ARE STARING AT ME

MY LIFE IS MORE TRAGIC THAN YOURS

THEY SHAVED YOUR EYELASHES

WE PUT THE HOSPITAL IN HOSPITALITY