Barbara Schneider will make a presentation at the St. Louis University Museum of Art on October 13, 2013 at 12 noon. Admission is free. Her presentation will be about the development of the Leaves series, including inspiration found in nature as well as the process of creating Forest Floor, var. 2 (Quilt National 2013). She will cover some of the material that is available on her DVD, Three Dimensional Fiber Art (available for Interweave Press).
Barbara’s on-going interest in the Japanese concept of Wabi-Sabi, finding beauty in things that are imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete is at the core of all of her art work. She likes 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?
The 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.
The Leaves series is an exploration and interpretation of natural images by enlarging and reshaping them. She collects leaves, pods, flowers, grasses
and looks closely at their structure and shape. The play of light upon surfaces, and shaping the pieces introduces a new element – light and shadow interacting with the undulating surfaces.
The newest series, Line Dance: Tree Ring Patterns is an extension of this exploration of natural objects. The patterns in tree rings and the additional patterns created by overlapping and fragmenting imagery creates another way of looking at the world.
Reflection is Barbara’s theme throughout the work process as well as what she hopes viewers do as they look at the completed work.
Barbara began quilting in 1996 and discovered the pleasure of working with cloth, paint, dye, and thread. Her interest in the Japanese concept of Wabi-Sabi strongly influences the work. She has an extensive background in surface design and teaching as well as exhibiting her work nationally and internationally. Quilt National 2013 is her 5th exhibition with Quilt National. Her artwork is in both private and public collections. Her studio is located at The Starline Gallery in Harvard, IL.