Brooke Gassiot grew up west of Austin,Texas on a 2000-acre ranch. Without television or urban distractions, her early years were filled with unstructured time, usually chasing armadillos, wading in a spring-fed swimming hole or herding her ten rabbits in the garden. Brooke’s father was a carpenter and her mother a textile artist and their family home was constantly being reinvented and built out, embedding a maker's mentality early on. As a teenager, she would often work alongside her mother in her textile studio painting silk, scrubbing tables and implementing designs.
Brooke received her Bachelor of Fine Arts with a focus on sculpture and painting from University of Texas at Austin in 2006. While at UT, she had the opportunity to travel to Italy on full scholarship, where she visited the Venice Biennale and took in the wealth of art in Rome, Florence and Milan. Upon return, she was granted a fellowship to complete her first large-scale installation.
Her current work, a series of sculptural light boxes and large scale installations, has been displayed at Lawndale Art Center in Houston, The Contemporary Austin, Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum in San Antonio and SXSW Interactive HQ, to name a few. The Austin Chronicle chose her solo exhibition at Co-Lab Projects as the Top 10 Visual Arts for 2013.