Opening Reception for Art Exhibit: “Transitions: Paper and Pods” by Barbara Bartlett
Norman Williams Library, Wednesday, July 2 from 4:30-6 p.m.
Transitions: Paper and Pods marks a brief period of time in the artist’s work life when different streams of work are intersecting and overlapping. This show highlights work from three series that utilize different materials: tea bags, joss paper and seed pods. Barbara created many pieces using dried tea bags during the past four years and has recently begun to use similar processes with a new medium, Chinese joss paper. Both kinds of paper possess many similarities and lend themselves to folding, stitching, gluing, knot tying and other methods of assembly.
This time of transition has also offered Barbara an opportunity to renew her acquaintance with a long time fascination with seed pods. She delighted in collecting the pods from native trees in Australia and assembling them into various patterns and forms to create a series of small works.
With examples of all three materials, the exhibit explores the ways in which collections of many individual units of a single material can be assembled to create a whole. The resulting work transforms the material into something unique, quite different from the original tea bag, piece of joss paper or seed pod.