Sharon Louise Barnes

Process and materials are essential elements of my art practice.  By working through the challenges presented by the use of rough and salvaged materials, while applying enough sustained will to transform them into works of art, my works signify hope, struggle, and transformation.

By using industrial materials that might normally be held in a laborer’s hands, as well as an array of discarded materials that can found on city streets, my abstract works are both conceptual and aesthetic. They look outward into society, opening dialogs about marginalization, about how we determine value, and the potency of change.  They also speak to my African American heritage where people built something from very little or nothing, and demonstrated the power to transform one’s condition through the exercise of will.

I have created either visual art or music my entire life. On this creative path, nothing has been more remarkable in my memory than when my fifth grade teacher gave me the tools of perspective drawing to create the illusion of reality, or when my African American Art History professor, renowned artist Dr. Samella Lewis, exposed me to the visual artists of the Black Arts Movement.  These instances truly changed my life because they brought me to understand both the sheer magic of art and its unrestrained power to communicate.