Image: Woven Water III detail (photo by the artist)
Vernon, Connecticut – River/Sea is an exhibition of works on/of paper that explore the artist’s thoughts on water as both subject matter and metaphor. Traces of a flood, memories of a childhood by the sea, and the trauma of oil spills are the artist’s inspiration for a series of handmade books, two room-sized installations, and other works on/of paper. Hocker begins with digital images of water from Connecticut waterways and combines them with various other waterbased media, encaustic, and video to produce ethereal yet intimate works of art. Through the Static and Distance is a room-sized installation of hanging rice paper panels printed with digital photos and infused with encaustic. Video projections provide the lighting. Viewers can travel into the center of the sculpture and back out again. The artist will be in residence June 16 to June 20 creating another on-site paper/fabric waterfall installation. The public is invited to visit from 1pm to 5pm each day to watch the installation take shape.
About the Artist: Barbara Hocker lives in Coventry, CT and maintains a studio in the Arbor Arts Center in Hartford, CT. She has exhibited extensively in New England, including the Lyman Allen Museum of Art, Newport Art Museum, the Arnold Arboretum, and Artspace New Haven. Locally, Barbara has shown work at Paper New England shows, the Pump House Gallery, Hartford College for Women, and Charter Oak Cultural Center, among others. In 2013 she was awarded a Creation of New Work Initiative grant (along with VCAC) by The Edward C & Ann T, Roberts Foundation and the result of that work is this exhibition. She is also a 2008 recipient of the Greater Hartford Arts Council New Boston Fund Individual Artist Fellowship. A native of Norwalk, Connecticut, Barbara studied fibers and printmaking at Syracuse University and Cranbrook Academy of Art.
This exhibition is made possible thru a Creation of New Work Initiative Grant from: