November 10, 2014 – Barbara Schneider, our juror for the Annual Exhibition, will present a slide program lecture entitled, My Wabi-Sabi World. It covers the concept of wabi sabi with examples from photos that Barbara has taken, and then explores how that concept has impacted the development of her various art series.
The presentation will include lots of examples of work – both hers and other artists. She will also show a few pieces of work.
From her artist’s statement: “Wabi-Sabi, (a Japanese concept) finding beauty in things that are imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete is at the core of all of my art work. I like to capture the essence of images made of light and movement, images that are infinitely variable. What does the eye see? What does the camera see? What does the mind see?“
My Reflections series explores the concept of reflection and how to capture the images that are not physically there, images made of light and movement, images that change.
My Leaves series is an exploration and interpretation of natural images by enlarging and reshaping them. I collect leaves, pods, flowers, grasses and look closely at their structure and shape. In particular, I like to collect these natural objects at the end of summer when they have begun to wither and fragment.
Looking at them closely and then enlarging them allows me to see them as sculptural objects. I look at the play of light upon surfaces, and shaping the pieces introduces a new element – light and shadow interacting with the undulating surfaces.