Hayley Barker’s oil on linen paintings are inspired by the joy, wonder, and wild energy that she finds in relationship with plants, bodies, and stars–shaped by her journeys in her personal spiritual practice and the physical landscape that she inhabits. In her meditative journeys beings come forth and return to the Earth. Lyrical brushstrokes convey eyes, mouths, orifices, faces, and bodies, transmuting themselves into plants or embodying stars. Ecstatic states and regal beings emerge from shallow spaces that somehow breathe.
Drawing on the art of the Symbolists and early Modernists as well as the visionary painters of the past two centuries, Barker allows her forms to unfurl with a playfulness or whimsy that manifests in the imaginative leaps she takes when transforming, for example, an aloe plant into a kind of figure that winks at you. This openness to wonder and the possibilities of the unknown (and unforeseen) is a way of creating a world in which all sentient and insentient beings, objects and spaces possess personalities.
PLANTS, BODIES, STARS takes these potent new-age themes into an intimate, feminist, contemporary context that is in conversation with current abstraction and figuration. Pleasure, spiritual discernment, and the decorative meet the iconic, the painterly, and the performative in these pastel interior landscapes. Within these encounters, the possibility of radical transformation occurs affecting life in the physical, social, and political realms.
HAYLEY BARKER: PLANTS, BODIES, STARS
Exhitition Dates: APRIL 23 – MAY 28, 2016
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 23rd, 6-8 PM
Luis De Jesus Los Angeles
2685 S. La Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90034