Barbara is a Charlottesville-based self-taught artist whose medium is paper collage. In her work, Barbara draws from a paper collection she has been curating for twenty-five years, from antique bookshops, to estate collections, flea markets and artisan paper makers. Each collage contains carefully chosen papers that highlight various aspects of American history.
How those who have come before us have shaped our present is a common thread throughout Barbara's work. Combining subject matter, along with vintage and one-of-a-kind papers, her most recent pieces rework historic norms into a current narrative that advocates for a deeper understanding of, and a hopeful moving toward, equality. The goal of each collage is for past and present to exist in the same moment, and for the contemplation of these two very different realities.
Inspiration for this new set of collages comes from work, old and new, political and spiritual, from the quilt makers and quilts of Gee's Bend, Alabama, the art created by youth in juvenile detention displayed at the art 180 gallery in Richmond, Virginia, along with the stories of vintage silhouettes.
The piece shown on the home page, Orbiting the Sun, 40" x 40", Mixed Media, is available for purchase through Barbara.
Select pieces from this series are currently available at the Annie Gould Gallery in Gordonsville, Virginia.