INTERVIEW for NPR/Public Broadcasting affiliate station WOUB
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 solo shows at the Cleveland Botanical Garden and hugomento gallery in San Francisco, and group shows at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, DZINE Gallery, Touchstone Gallery, Die Kunstschaffenden, and Ruskin Gallery. 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. She is 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 the art conservation lab at the Cincinnati Art Museum and the Intermuseum Conservation Association Lab in 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, sticks, 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.
OUTSIDE IN Cleveland Botanical Garden Cleveland OH
La Poetica Paper Circle Nelsonville OH
Blue Notes Hilferty Gallery Dairy Barn Arts Center Athens OH
Un/Common Threads h u g o m e n t o gallery San Francisco CA
I C E L A N D :: blue Underground Gallery Art Works Downtown San Rafael CA
Modern Boro | Modern Life Chamber of Commerce Gallery Mill Valley CA
Unhurried Line Drawings MCSD Gallery Marinwood CA
NATURE +1 BOXX Gallery Tieton WA (2022)
GRANTS + RESIDENCIES
GCAC Artists in the Community Grant 2019 Columbus OH
Puffin Foundation 2019 Artist Grant Teaneck NJ
The Center for Craft 2018 Graduate Research Grant Asheville NC
Making for Good Artist-in-Residence Dairy Barn Arts Center Athens OH
Open Wabi Artist Residency Fredericktown OH
Icelandic Textile Centre Textilsetur Islands ICELAND
Cambridge Sustainability Residency Cambridge UK
photo credit: Chris Darrouzet