Book

Costume in Performance: Materiality, Culture and the Body

Click on front cover of book for more info.

By Donatella Barbieri 

Click on name above to find out about the author.

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Paintings

The Kiss

1

Inspired by the beautiful play of light and shadow when I happen to look up at the curved ceiling in a museum in Barcelona on a trip with my son!

This first painting inspiring this series you see.

Acrylic on Linen Board 12” x 12” 

 

Madeleine

2*

My son comments it looks like a spaceship has landed!

Inspired by Proust’s writing on memory how food & taste can trigger the mind to recollection and remembrance known as the :

The Madeleine Moment

Click on the above link to read the article, otherwise also known as Proustian Memory from the first volume of his masterpiece, In Search of Lost Time previously also translated as Remembrance of Things Past.

Which brings me to this amazing sound masterpiece by a musical artist, Serbian factory worker-turned-synthesist Abul Mogard All Things Have Passed Forever

It’s 16mins long.

If you like what you hear there’s more here . The Purpose of Peace is beautiful.

Try Unarmoured Love loud, and allow it to take you over.

Acrylic on Linen Board 12” x 12” 

 

The Towers

3b LO-RES

Began life as a microscopic vision of wings inspired by Wim Wenders movie Wings of Desire but I kept turning the canvas around and the painting evolved into Towered structures instead against a grey background inspired by reading Italo Calvino’s book Invisible Cities

Wings of Desire Trailer

If you haven’t seen the film it’s definitely one I recommend. Click on the link above to watch the trailer to get a taste, it’s beautifully made by a super-talented director/artist who certainly inspired parts of my creative vision.

I made a trip to The Photographers’ Gallery to catch Wim Wender’s Polaroid Exhibition titled Instant Stories showing over 200 of his polaroids for the first time. Loved it

Acrylic on Linen Board 12” x 12” 

 

Abstract ( Opaque No. 1 )

4b

The curved Blue as starting point, I wanted this to be a more playful piece inspired by Australian artist Stephen Ormandy‘s paintings, his use of colour shape and form sometimes taken from his natural surroundings – I wanted to introduce the use of organic shapes juxtaposed around a square to create movement, dance and freedom.

Here’s a link to Stephen Ormandy’s website and to his new book ‘Only Dancing’

Acrylic on Linen Board 12” x 12” 

Thanks to Ferdy Carabott for the photography.

2016 – 2018

 

EDUCATION: Camberwell College of Art: Art Foundation 1994 |  Bath College of Higher Ed: Fine Art & Graphic Design 1995 | Middlesex University: Fine Art & Philosophy with Art Practice in the Community 1997 | London Metropolitan University: Studio Practice with Critical Studies and Time-Based Media 2005

Proud Parent / Artist resides Herne Hill London