My work is influenced by the sociological shift in the communities that originally were built around industry and the remnants of places that no longer exist. There is something hauntingly beautiful in the textures of an abandoned, derelict building, which evoke memories and pose questions about past inhabitants and present conditions. I employ traditional and non-traditional printmaking techniques, including photography, silk screen, and gum bichromate. The process of making a print intrigues me because it is that which remains when the plate or screen is removed. In this way, I think of the creative process as a reflection on the transience and impermanence of life.
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"My style is highly intuitive, drawing inspiration from a variety of subject matter. Most often, I tend to gravitate toward capturing the essence of the human form in a loose, expressive manner, using color and texture as my primary focus. Combining monotype printmaking with painting and pastels is my favorite vehicle for creating these images . I utilize monotypes, lithographs or other prints as a textural base, then create subsequent layers in other media until I've achieved the desired result. My goal is not to render my subject exactly as it appears, but rather to interpret the spirit of the form and my internal perceptions related to it."
---Jessica E. Barber
Friday, November 5, 2010 Artists - Keith O. C. Steele Waldoe D. Brenda C. Sam Ske