Kim Barter, the context of my work is my personal need to communicate without words.
I think Art is actually a Universal Language, which we can and do relate to across Cultures and History. Art provides a pathway for me to my deepest and often unconscious feelingsand ideas.
I am fascinated by the power and beauty of the natural world we all inhabit, as well as the condition of human beings in that world. This leads of course to strong feelings about the beauty around us as well as our material world where human injustice can create the alienation, fear, illness and the poverty of the spirit that inequality brings. All that seems at terrible odds with the gift of life.
I have recently created a series of 'Etched portraits' and a series called 'Men in Suits'.
The characters I created raised social and personal questions, because they looked troubled and often alone. I think they represent a certain aspect of society that many people wish to avoid, I think we should not avoid the questions my work raises. As an artist I am best placed to create a mirror for the viewer in the hope that opinions and feelings change and develop.
I have listed here some of the aspects that make being an artist such a joy for me.
I value the processes of my work. I love the layers within our selves. I greatly admire the work of children. There illustrated innocence and the truth in their work. I love mark making or gestural drawing as opposed to hard edged graphic work, which seems cold and predictable.
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