Professor of Fine Arts
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My newest body of work includes abstraction and tiny lines of chaos that are meant to convey the state of our world today. I am exploring the psychological disjunction in our contemporary life caused by its fast pace and rapid changes.  Children today have too much information, they struggle to keep their personal and/or cultural identity and try to make sense of what is real and what we believe is real.

The graphite drawings with bright colored backgrounds and resin reference child labor in the 1920's. The palette knife paintings on aluminum reference children today from around the world. Different cultures, different countries, and when I use schematics I am suggesting they can be any child, any place, past present or future.

My intention in my creative process is to catch attention by creating a visual dialog that the viewer can intimately identify with. The challenge for me as an artist is to go beyond the internal barriers that separate us from each other.  What I want is for my art to act as a "reflection of self" in such a way that it awakens a glimmer of understanding and compassion both for the "child within" and - by extension - for children everywhere.  I approach my work not as a politician, or as a social worker, but only as an artist interested in drawing attention to children. Art is another means of helping people see and better understand the dynamics of our world and how human consciousness impacts it at every level.

I think that Herman Melville puts it beautifully when he says: "We cannot live for ourselves alone.  Our lives are connected by a thousand invisible threads, and along these sympathetic fibers, our actions run as causes and return to us as results." 


                        Deborah Barr    2018