Today we’d like to introduce you to Beth Barker.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
My works embody the physical expression of inner turmoil and confusion caused by Bipolar Disorder. My mind is chaotic and my paintings are a visual representation of that.
My works are left to chance – diary entries in paint, splashed on top of yesterday’s mess – a finished product will always show up eventually!
Please tell us about your art.
I create abstract expressionist art. The pieces are full of color and embody the freedom I find from my illness when painting.
I predominately use Global Acrylic Paints and unstretched canvasses but I also enjoy creating depth on stretched canvasses by hiding the odd electrical wire, charger, paint brush and found objects in the layers.
I believe that Expressionist art should not only challenge people’s perceptions of what can be considered ‘art’, it should also influence an awareness of present-day issues in society such as mental health and its possible types of therapy.
Given everything that is going on in the world today, do you think the role of artists has changed? How do local, national or international events and issues affect your art?
There has always been artists in history who have challenged and reflected their society. Art is influenced by the time in which one finds themselves and the environment that surrounds them. The only thing that consistently changes is the influence of the environment that surrounds the artist.
- Website: splasharts.bigcartel.com/
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: splash_arts_melbourne
- Facebook: Beth Barker. Splash Arts
- Other: #bethbarkerart
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