We Have to Count the Clouds / JAN 2015
Jan 1st - Feb 1st
An inscription at the National Weather Service station in New Braunfels, TX reads, “He who shall predict the weather, if he does it conscientiously and with inclination, will have no quiet life any more.”
In Lily Brooks’ series We Have to Count the Clouds, photographs function as evidence of the ways in which we comprehend, negotiate, and mediate our relationship to weather and climate. Meteorological instruments act as an extension of our senses; within them a semblance of understanding exists. In looking closely at the marks that are made–in the prediction of weather, the tracking of meteorological data, as well as on the landscape and human body itself–the work presents the visual remnants of often invisible forces.
Brooks was born in Massachusetts in 1981. She received a BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art + Design in 2006 and an MFA from the University of Texas at Austin in 2014. Lily was the 2013 recipient of a Powers Research Fellowship. Her work has been featured in the Austin Chronicle and Cabinet magazine, and was recently exhibited at the Visual Arts Center in Austin, Texas. Lily is a Lecturer in Photography at the University of Texas.
Visit her website at lilybrooks.net!