LISTEN to a recent interview with Barbara about her art practice with NPR affiliate WOUB Media
Barbara Bryn Klare is an artist and curator based in the San Francisco area and southeastern Ohio. She received a BA in geology and studio art/art history from Oberlin College and an MA Fine Art Merit from University for the Creative Arts UK. Her artwork has been shown nationally and internationally, including Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and DZINE Gallery in San Francisco, Touchstone Gallery in Washington DC, Die Kunstschaffenden in Linz Austria, CICA Museum in S Korea, and Ruskin Gallery in Cambridge UK. In fall 2019, she was the first Artist-in-Residence at Dairy Barn Arts Center, exploring textile waste and climate change. Ms Klare is a founding member of Textile Arts Los Angeles and the International Collage Guild and serves on the board of Paper Circle. She is currently co-curator at THIS GALLERY, based in Vancouver BC.
Previously, Ms Klare worked as a freelance textile/surface designer in SF and LA and as a professional writer, editor and columnist. During college, she worked in several art conservation labs, including the Intermuseum Conservation Association Lab at Oberlin.
Rescued textiles, objects, drawings, text, and natural and digital materials come together in a practice exploring fragility, repair, sustainability and powerlessness.
Voice and artistic solace are given to the silenced and overlooked in society: unknown poets, deceased mothers, old clothes. I champion the humble and the frayed, freeing the discarded remnants of a throw-away world. The ragged strength of worn fabrics forms the basis for large-scale installations, collage, drawings, objects and social practice. Thread becomes line, cloth becomes paint.
photo credit: Chris Darrouzet