artist
Barbara-Heller

Artist’s Statement

My work reflects my social concerns and my fears for the future of our world. I draw on my own photographs and old family photos, my interest in the mystical side of world religions, and my need to comment on the ills of the world. I am concerned with humanity and its relationship to the environment, both natural and man-made, and to itself. I am concerned with our current worship of technology and how it affects our daily lives. We have lost our sense of who we are and how we fit into our world.

My themes are becoming more demanding and, as the news becomes more depressing, my tapestries are becoming more explicit. I have woven images of adults out of touch with their environment, each other, and themselves, and children looking to a bleak future created by war and poverty in an ever more alien world. I am concerned with how we alter reality to fit private dreams; whether it is how we remember the past to make it more romantic or how we imagine the future to make it more palatable. In Cover Ups and Revelations, a recent series of tapestries, I illustrated how we “cover up” our identities by covering our selves, whether we choose to wear the costume or whether it is imposed upon us. The companion tapestries dealt with current threats: nuclear war, environmental degradation, the implications of 9/11, the legacy of landmines. I have incorporated dead birds in many of my tapestries, a personal icon representing the senseless killing of war.

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