Beyond her beautiful face, sun-kissed skin and undeniable sex appeal (which earned her Playmate of the Year in 2017), Brook Power is a true island girl, unfazed by fame, materialism and superficiality. Born in Inglewood, California, but raised on Oahu, the twenty-eight-year-old model turned artist is more than just a pretty face. When she’s not modeling, Brook splits her time between her son Ozzie and her husband Zac, her ohana, and her ever-evolving creative practice.
Her collages, layered with visual notes of her childhood, memories swimming in the surf, hiking through the jungle, and being one with the ocean, captivate us with the whimsical, lush layered landscapes that sit beneath sexy women of yesteryear. By cutting and pasting scraps of recycled paper, magazines, books and other found imagery, Brook Power uses the collage technique to assemble delicate yet bold compositions that share with us the sublime beauty of paradise and her personal appreciation for nature and the female form. Looking into the future, Brook sees her creative practice growing and hopes she can find the time to further develop her style, both in form and in meaning.
Tell me a little bit about your creative practice. Are you working in any other mediums besides collage?
I’m kind of focused on collages right now, just because I don’t have that much time to create too much. Collage is more of a faster medium; I can make something in like an hour. People seem to like them! I feel like as an artist, you always have to compromise what you like versus what other people like, or what will sell; you always have to keep a balance. You can’t sell out, but you can’t fully make what you like if everyone else hates it. With my collages, I feel like I’ve kind of found a happy medium. I’m stoked on them and other people seem to love them so I’m like, ‘Rad, I’ll keep doing this for a while.’ It’s really fun. I know there is so much more I can do. I’ve been thinking maybe I should shoot my own girls and use those photos in my collages.
So where do you usually pull imagery from?
Right now, I kind of exclusively use Playboy, for any girls that I use. Everything else is cut out of old books, like this South African book I’ve been using for a couple months.
How would you describe your work to someone who isn’t familiar with it?
I think my pieces are really whimsical, kind of silly, but still really pretty, and also kitschy. You don’t have to take them too seriously. I think there needs to be more art that’s just fun to look at, just aesthetically pleasing. With my work, my goal isn’t to shove some meaning down people’s throats.
But, like we were saying earlier, some of our favorite artists, like Salvador Dali, would even say, ‘Not everything has to have meaning.’ I think you can just do something because you like the way it looks, or because it reminds you of something. Maybe it reminds you of home. I know my work does.
Read our full feature on Brook in upcoming issue 12 out tomorrow, September 30th. Pre-order the new issue here.
Portrait taken by Samantha Grad.