BETWEEN SCULPTURE AND PAINTING
In Barker’s practice, the rigid crafted metalwork boundaries that she establishes are juxtaposed with gestural and unpredictable painted surfaces. The metalwork frames our views but equally competes with and dissects the imagery.
The linear framework draws lines in space, a scaffold on which to position painted narratives, the works direct, contain and reframe our experience and how we view the rest of the work in the gallery.
Barker’s works are complex and delicate, influenced by the outside world and nature. There is often a relationship to ‘interior’ and personal space which draws on Barker’s literary starting points. Images are sparsely drawn, they are indistinct and able to slip between biographical and fictional worlds.