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Barbara Hatfield
updated: 06/30/2008
 
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Drawing 10.31
untitled
untitled
Leave a little emptiness...
Leave a little emptiness...
chros and turnaround
de/construction
de/construction 2
Site Drawing 3
Site Drawing 4
 
Portfolio Keywords:  abstract, gestural, conceptual, language, landscape, meditative, process, spiritual, systems, text
 
 
Drawing 10.31 by Barbara Hatfield
Drawing 10.31
ink and graphite
2006
12" x  9" 
untitled by Barbara Hatfield
untitled
ink
2005
13" x  10" 
untitled by Barbara Hatfield
untitled
ink
2005
13" x  10" 
Leave a little emptiness... by Barbara Hatfield
Leave a little emptiness...
various
2008
Dimensions variable
Leave a little emptiness... by Barbara Hatfield
Leave a little emptiness...
various
2008
Dimensions variable
chros and turnaround by Barbara Hatfield
chros and turnaround
wax on paper, wood and steel
2006
Dimensions variable
de/construction by Barbara Hatfield
de/construction
various
2003
Dimensions variable
de/construction 2 by Barbara Hatfield
de/construction 2
oil on paper
2003
Dimensions variable
Site Drawing 3 by Barbara Hatfield
Site Drawing 3
ink
2007
30" x  40" 
Site Drawing 4 by Barbara Hatfield
Site Drawing 4
ink
2007
30" x  40" 

Artist Statement

Statement

“Leave a little emptiness between the distant and the near.”

This statement by Wang Wei—a Chinese painter and poet of the eighth century— is an instruction, an invitation, and has become a guiding principle for me. The subject matter of my work is time and space, an exploration of emptiness as a lively, active force.

My vision and sensibility is shaped by the openness of my native landscape and further developed by my study of poetic and philosophical lessons and traditions of Asian art. The work reflects nature's directness and it's paradoxical strength and fragility. It is the distillation of a moment and the effort to depict its essence. Installations, paintings, and works on paper all exemplify my willingness to let the abstract speak and allow viewers ample space for their own inquiry and imagination. The work is animated by a subtle energy and often meditative, opening a view both from and to a contemplative space.

I am especially drawn to materials that allow a great deal of immediacy and lend themselves to play and discovery, essential elements for the most serious work. I am intrigued by interactions of dissolving and forming, re-dissolving and reforming, as well as new experience of the distances between things. Integrations and disintegrations overlap and flow continuously. Sometimes things fall apart and sometimes they fall together and the energy of a piece is alive and coherent:

…a slightly convex matte green touches a softly brushed off-white bumps a flat deeper green nestled slightly under the edge of a rich juicy orange above the axis of the aged copper green touching thick turquoise below a brightcrusty yellow…

A shift occurs—to a place of inner experience, an intimate yet immense space. I am immersed as I create order, disorder and reorder. An insistence on materiality allows experience with the unseen. Seeking to include only what is necessary becomes an avenue to immediacy and accessibility. I find abundance in distillation, gravitating to what is simultaneously complexity and simplicity, emptiness and fullness.

Barbara Hatfield

Artist Bio / CV

 Barbara Hatfield


EDUCATION
Parsons School of Design, New York, NY, MFA
Moorhead State University, Moorhead, MN, BS Art

AWARDS
A.I.R. Fellowship Award 2007-2008
Joan Mitchell MFA Fellowship Nominee, 2000
Teaching Assistantship, Parsons School of Design, 1999-2000
Dedalus Foundation Fine Arts Fellowship Nominee, 1999
Dean’s Scholarship, Parsons School of Design, 1998, 1999

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2008
DHR International, Newark, to be determined
A.I.R. Gallery, New York, Leave a little emptiness
2003
North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks (two people)
2002
GK Gallery, Cooperstown, ND, ndny
2000
La Mama La Galleria, New York, half/tai
1999
Nine Artists Gallery, Fargo, ND, When Landscape Enters:
Habits of the Body, Ways of the Mind
District 31, Victoria’s, Wolverton, MN, When Landscape Enters:
Habits of the Body, Ways of the Mind II
1997
GK Gallery, Cooperstown, ND, Rediscovering Connections
1996
North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks,
Essential Marks: New Paintings by Barbara Hatfield



GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2008
Unfurnished Room, Unit B Gallery, San Antonio, TX
100 Works on Paper, Kentler International Drawing Space
Generations 6, AIR Gallery, NY
2007
Continuum: Four Artists, FiveMyles, Brooklyn
Open Book, Sara Meltzer Gallery, New York
Wish You Were Here, A.I.R. Gallery, New York
Works on Paper, Kentler International Drawing Space, NY
Bushels, Bundles and Barrels: Resources and Materials
in Contemporary Art, SuperFund, New York
2006
Moment by Moment: Meditations of the Hand, NDMOA
2005
Autumn Art Auction Invitational, NDMOA
2004
Autumn Art Auction Invitational, NDMOA
Drawing the Line, Gallery w 52, New York
small works , New York University, New York
2003
Private View, Dinaburg Arts, New York
Meditation for the Hand, Long Island University, Brooklyn


BIBLIOGRAPHY
The Brooklyn Rail, May 2008; Becky Brown
Drawing the Line, March 29, 2004; Barbara MacAdam
New York Times, September 19, 2003; Holland Cotter
The Brooklyn Papers, September 1, 2003; Lisa Curtis