As I was looking through all 49 victims, I came across Mercedez, and I saw a lot of myself in her, even with never knowing her personally. The light of Mercedez came through even while painting her portrait, which inspired the gold leaf at the end. This project and experience was very close to home for me, and I am so honored to have been a part of it. I’m so thankful for Mia to have started this and my fellow artists as well. I am glad that we were able to come together in such a difficult and dark time in order to bring back a little bit of the light that surrounded these beautiful souls during their life time.
Brooke Clark is a practicing fine artist based in Atlanta, Georgia. She is currently attending Kennesaw State University where she pursues a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in drawing and painting.
In her work, Brooke aims to both explore and exemplify the dissociative qualities which she has experienced personally throughout life, where she has never been able to fit the mold of her peers quite right. Brooke projects herself and offers the viewer a raw version of her person.