I make drawings and oil paintings about how beautiful and strange it feels to be embodied within the energetic world of nature. My work is about visionary experience and the body. My approach is a mishmash: a feminist re-imagining of various abstract and representational modes and techniques found in Symbolist painting, Impressionism, Early Modernism, Outsider Art and “Bad Painting." Each series stems from experiential research into specific landscapes and related historical or literary texts. I document my outdoor experiences in observational drawings, which become studies for the paintings that I make in the studio. For me, color is all about emotional impact. I use color intuitively. My thickly impastoed panels explore the physical pleasure of moving paint around. My work celebrates the messy, mystical, mad, human-scaled, rhythmic, Romantic, exuberant and excessive.
Artist Bio / CV
Hayley Barker makes drawings and oil paintings about the body, nature, psychological states and visionary experience. Her work has appeared in regional and international venues, New American Painting magazine, and the Drawing Center's Viewing Program. Reviews of her work have appeared in Art in America, the Oregonian, Willamette Week, Portland Monthly and Visual Arts Source online. She received her BA from the University of Oregon (1996) and her MA and MFA in Intermedia, from the University of Iowa (2001). She lives and works in Portland, Oregon. She is represented by Charles A. Hartman Fine Art.