prints and mixed media by Barbara Bartlett
December 7 - 30, 2003
Change and travel are a major part of my life. While new locations and experiences have been professionally stimulating, they have also been personally challenging. In particular, I find myself missing home and the familiar aspects of my life. These contrasting themes of exploration and of impermanence are the source material for my recent work.
The changing landscape provides an abundance of visual stimulation the color and vastness of the Australian outback, the sail shapes of the Sydney Opera House, the beauty and contrast of the Vermont seasons, the elegant simplicity of Korean ceramics, the riotous color and shape in Balinese temples. I try to capture in my work the essence of what I see and the feelings it evokes in me.
Printmaking, with its layering and texturing, has led me very naturally into mixed media work. In my travels I find myself collecting interesting paper, fabrics, natural materials such as eucalyptus leaves, feathers, and pine needles, and even old pieces of wood and rusty metal. These found pieces, as well as fragments of my diary entries, drawings and prints become part of the work, giving me a greater sense of integrating the places that are important to me and helping me to find a sense of home in many locations.