Joan Barker

Artist Statement

I have ideas I need to see. Through art, I move responses to current events, memories, emotions and dreams onto paper, canvas, cloth or cardboard. Substrates determine their physical form. Materials and techniques ignite the process. Marks appear and disappear; tumult. An abstraction or documentary photograph is never finished. Context is an ever-changing influence. Over time, each viewers’ unique perception completes the picture. A work of art may or may not hold profound truth but is always part of the search. I want my pictures to be more than me. I want to be ever changing like the art I make.

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