Barbara presents the Hot Springs Premiere of her
SEARCH FOR IDENTITY/ THE AGE OF INNOCENCE
An exhibition of primitive ritual fiber sculptures made for the modern world.
June 2 - June 15, 2013
The Blue Rock Studio/Gallery
Daily during the Hot Springs Music Fest
Carol Kane, hand carved flutes
Jay Kirgis, one-string guitars
Carol Small, sawdust-fired pottery
My work results from my attempt to bring peace and harmony into my life and the lives of the people who view my work. Part of the peace comes from doing all of the work myself. From the beginning I have been involved in every phase of the work.
This geometric work started out as quilts based on my find at my grandmother’s house after she died. There was a lovely blue and white quilt, maybe the first one she made, on an old iron bed in the attic. It had obviously been used; one end of it was rotten from sun damage. Fabrics have always been in my life.
While working on my master’s degree in 1967, I rebelled against the regimen of school. As soon as school was out I began to teach myself stained glass, enrolled in a jewelry class and finally discovered weaving. I soon found that the sculptural things I wanted to make could not be woven on anything but primitive looms.