Artist in Residence at Donges Bay Gorge Nature Preserve
Barbara is one of 12 artists participating in a year-long residency program called ARTservancy, a collaboration between Gallery 224 in Port Washington and the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust, River Revitalization Foundation, Milwaukee Area Land Conservancy and the Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory. The mission of ARTservancy is to promote the visionary work of both the artists and conservationists. Each artist has selected a preserve to spend time in and to engage with.
I am intrigued by the rhythms of endless growth, bloom, death, and renewal that I observe in nature. With luminous oil-based inks I create one-of-a-kind prints on an etching press. With natural materials such as leaves and grasses I make marks that intertwine, twist, and layer themselves together to reflect nature’s pulse and energy.
I engage line as metaphor, creating marks that repeat and weave themselves together like fabric or raga or indicate movement for a swaying dance.
Like rivers, some of the lines can be traced to their origins, but another's end and beginning may never be found.
My focus is sometimes on directing and ordering line, but mostly I am intrigued by tangles, overlays, apparent disorder.