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Barbara Bryn Klare

Barbara Bryn Klare

Born in Athens, OH / Works between SF, LA, and OH
"Artist, curator and cultural voyeur", Barbara's practice is as empowering as the material presence claimed by braiding and threading together used fabrics. As hinted by her use of threading on vintage book pages, she is interested in conjuring often unheard stories within louder voices - what clothes become when they are worn and thrown out, unknown narrators, and women in domestic spheres who we often think of when we see needlework.
You'll like Barbara if: finding previous readers' notes and post-its are your favorite part of thrifting books.
"I use rescued textiles, objects, drawings, text, and natural and digital materials to weave together a practice that explores themes of fragility, repair, sustainability, powerlessness and legacy. My works give voice and artistic solace to the silenced and overlooked in society: unknown poets, deceased mothers, old clothes. Simple objects such as sticks and animal horns are given new life. I champion the humble and the frayed, and free the discarded remnants of a throw-away world. Used textiles–rescued from becoming landfill–are a deeply poetic starting point. The ragged strength of these worn fabrics forms the basis for large-scale installations, collage, drawings, objects and social practice. Cloth and thread as metaphor is a recurring motif. Thread becomes line and cloth becomes paint."