Barbara Sykes

Painter

Artist Statement

In my work I am primarily concerned with describing the human condition and how it presents itself in stories or circumstances.  I often include symbolism and more recently mythology alongside personal experiences, in order to involve a human response.
 
Drawing is a particularly integral aspect of my work, be it with charcoal, graphite or paint .As the drawn line becomes the wire . Moving with tension ,determined or delicate , leading through each work and capturing the essence.
 
My work is constructed in layers and I often leave underlying events visible. This allows the light and colour and image to return to the surface and vibrate with each other.
 
Since completing a Masters Degree in printmaking in 1995 I have extended my practice. I make artists books ( this involves using images made by children, combined with images taken from my own work) I was also influenced by the working methods of Mary Kelly and Rauschenberg. Both artists combine several different working techniques in one arena and this way of working I find very exciting.