|"Montserrat" (15"x20") - Barbara Simcoe|
"The world is largely pre-occupied with itself on a level that excludes spirituality. In the culture's violence, its unrelenting dedication to the exterior to the exclusion of the interior and its fascination with spectacle, is there a place for contemplation.
The figurative imagery I use in my work is exclusively of women and it is in the area of feminine archetypes that I am most interested in woman as vessel of creativity, as intercessor, as of the earth, as mother, as primal aspect of the feminine/masculine dichotomy, as the complement of masculine divinity. These are the subtexts of my work.
In designing my pieces I direct my actions to subconsciously access archetypes to create works that function as metaphor. They are not meant to be overtly narrative, though there is an undercurrent of a non-linear kind. In this regard the works are associative and referential. My artworks come out of the belief that discord and disorientation must be experienced in order to suggest the possibility of attaining wisdom. They are intended to be vehicles for contemplation of silence as the medium through which one can sense spirituality. They are quiet yet at the same time they challenge a sensory overloaded and violent culture. The intention is that they function to mediate the space between perception and meditation, a liminal space that is ephemeral and intuitively accessed."
Check out her work at Hera! WATER ends May 9th.