Jeremy R. Brooks was born in Detroit, MI in 1979. He received his BFA in art & design from Grand Valley State University & his MFA in ceramic art from Alfred University. Jeremy has balanced his career between working as an artist & teaching in academia. Some of his honors include receiving the emerging artist award by the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA), & being selected as a guest of honor at the XXIst International Biennial of Vallauris, France. Jeremy is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of ceramics at Southern Illinois University & resides in Carbondale, IL.
There is a space that exists upon the tip-of-the-tongue, one characterized through a curious sense of elusive certainty. Taste aside; it is concerned with imminence and inaccessibility, language and memory. Sometimes the first word out of our mouth is hardly a word at all, but rather this inarticulate sound that is more closely related to what we would identify as gesture. Suspended, held at the cusp of verbalization, there is something there and you feel it strongly. It is a haunting moment; it is a structure of feeling. The investigation of such a quality, one that is (at times) more properly sensuous than cognitive in its scope and depth of inquiry, is one at the core of my work and studio practice.