Barbara Drucker

Shouts, Whispers and Cheers

Group show curated by Dr. Irina Costache 
Mount St. Mary's College, 12001 Chalon Road, Los Angeles 90049 
Tel: 310.954.4360

Including Barbara Drucker (Recent Work - Black and White Paintings), 
Samantha Fields, Laura Hull, Cecilia Z. Miguez, Kyungmi Shin, Tran T.
Kim Trang

Exhibition Dates: February 9 - March 29, 2003
Opening Reception: Sunday, February 9, 2003 from 2 - 4 pm

From the Exhibition Brochure

For the last fifteen years or so, I think my work has fit into the whispers category.  When I was younger it probably fit into the shouts group.  I don't think it ever fit into the cheers category.

My working procedure is intuitive, process oriented and psychologically based.  Ideas and content drive the form.  I feel free to use a broad range of materials and technical processes as determined by the expressive needs of the work.

Over the past 30 years, even though the work has varied widely in form, moving between painting, mixed-media constructions, photography, video, and sculptural objects, it has been consistently unified by its introspective mood, depth of feeling and psychological content.  The content reflects an ongoing exploration of the following traditional philosophical questions:  What defines quality and creates meaning in life, culture, and civilization?  What makes us human?  What do we value?  What is the role of religion and ritual in contemporary life?

Some of the materials I use frequently in my work are hair, fabric, paper, furniture, found and created objects.  These materials are intuitively worked to form either individual pieces or are developed and combined into installations.  All of the work, whether it is 2-dimensional or 3-dimensional, hopefully encourages discussion about time, loss, cycles of life, and familial relationships.  The work also tends to bring up issues regarding the importance of the spiritual in our daily lives, the relationship between artmaking, meditation and religion, and comparisons between contemporary and traditional life styles.

The work is the result of insights from my evolving personal journey, but I believe it is work that most people can relate to, in that it explores subject matter which is common and important to us all.

Barbara Drucker
"Old Woman," 2003
India ink, acrylic on canvas, 9" x 12" oval

Barbara Drucker
"Vacuum Man, Black Widow, Old Woman," 2003
India ink, acrylic on canvas, 40" x 60"

Barbara Drucker
"Black Widow Spider," 2003
India ink, acrylic on canvas, 9" x 12" oval

Barbara Drucker
"Mother and Daughter Caterers," 2003
India ink, acrylic on canvas, 40" x 60"


On Barbara Drucker, see also:

Calendar Notations (past exhibition)

Gleaning (past exhibition)


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