Barbara Baker McIntyre
I use everyday objects that are referred to as found objects, but more correctly they are sourced, selected and collected. I prefer vintage items with their history and patina. I enjoy rummaging through boxes of miscellaneous knickknacks that I purchase by lots from wholesalers, like a box of costume jewelry or broken bits of porcelain. Also, I love using found objects such as bones, buttons, clock parts, silverware and really anything that speaks to me. Items originally used for one purpose will be repurposed in a new way. I see these items as elements from which wondrous constructions are possible.
Often, I work within a series where each piece is related by a common element. In my Fragments series, the common elements are pieces of vintage German porcelain figurines. Beginning with the overall idea of fragments, I’ve created a large collection of small, framed settings or dioramas that depict everyday situations and people, as well as the truly unusual or macabre. There is something in them, even as damaged and stained as they are or maybe because of it, I can’t resist the urge to put them back together in some new way. I also didn’t want them to be overwhelmed or buried in larger compositions. In other series, I’ve worked with themes such as black white, clocks and fishing.
The work is compelling, intriguing and accessible to a wide audience. People are drawn to the work because of the faces and animals used to create each piece, these elements often remind them of their childhood memories, toys and things from an innocent and simpler time.