About Amy Brooks
Amy Brooks is a glass and metal artist who works from her studio, Paradise Custom Glass, in Metuchen. She constructs custom stained-glass windows for residential & business customers, as well as sculptures that feature copper, steel, and glass. Her artwork can be found in public and private collections across the United States.
New Brunswick Art Salon 2020 – “The Space Between” – Women’s Caucus for Art New York City Chapter
Artist Personal Website: www.ParadiseCSG.com
I am a glass and metal artist who celebrates the interplay between the two materials; smooth, colorful glass meets rough, textural steel. Usually I feel inspired to create things of beauty with my artwork. But for the past three and a half years and even more lately, I am the opposite of inspired. I am horrified by the current administration’s response to the Coronavirus pandemic, police brutality, and racial inequality. This piece is a departure from my usual style but felt important for me to create.
I wanted to use Trump’s own words and images to depict the tragedy of our nation being blown apart. I chose tweets and quotes from his enormous trove of inflammatory words and printed them on glass ribbons, representing the stripes of a flag. Interspersed, and also printed on glass, is his image. The background to this is a steel bomb; it’s not subtle but neither is he. I titled this piece, “Trump is the Bomb” as a play on the slang, which he probably would take as a compliment.
- “holding space…,” Emerge Gallery, Saugerties, NY, 2019
- “Climate Change,” Transformations Gallery, Metuchen, NJ, 2018
- “Light,” Gallery U, Westfield, NJ, 2017
- “Hope for the Holidays,” Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, NJ, 2017
- “Beautiful & Powerful,” Nails in the Wall, Metuchen, NJ, 2017
- “SWART: Social Work Works,” Gallery U, Westfield, NJ, 2016
- “Food for Thought,” Lotus Studios, Highland Park, NJ, 2015
- “Please Touch Sculpture Exhibition,” Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, NJ, 2015
- “Inspirational Women in History,” Transformations Gallery, Metuchen, NJ, 2015
- “Inspirations” Annual Art Show, Raritan Bay Medical Center, Perth Amboy, NJ, 2015
- Paradise Custom Glass, Metuchen, NJ 08840. Owner, artist, teacher (2004-Present).
- Transformations Gallery at the Old Franklin Schoolhouse, Co-chair (2012-Present).
- Metuchen Arts Council, Vice Chair (2013-2014).
- Metuchen’s Gallery @ the Rotunda, Director (2011-2012).
- Annex Gallery @ the Rotunda, Founding Director (2011-2012).