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Barbara McIntyre

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Davenport , Iowa

Birth year

Lives in
Carpinteria, CA

Works in
Carpinteria, CA


UCSB, 1980, BA

Representing galleries
seeking representation

mixed-media, sculpture, conceptual, abstract



Shadow boxes become poetic theaters…wherein are metamorphosed

the elements of childhood pastime…

Joseph Cornell


My mixed-media collage, assemblage and sculptures owe a debt to both the boxes of Joseph Cornell and the collages of Kurt Schwitters. Their use of color, space and dream-like imagery inspired me to create the “Time Piece” series, in which each narrative is encased in an antique wooden box. Here I am exploring the themes of mortality, religion, and the mechanical versus nature.

            My appreciation and familiarity with the mechanical comes from my childhood exposure to wood and machine shops along with plastic fabrication in my parents’ factory. My art materials come from both my own extensive collections accumulated over decades and the gift of my mother’s collections after her death. Other objects that I have acquired through chance (found/abandoned) or choice (Ebay) are stacked around the studio waiting insertion into a collage, assemblage or freestanding sculpture.  Broken or damaged porcelain doll heads, legs from furniture, printer’s metal alphabets, buttons and bones are all part of my vocabulary.

            Like an alchemist, turning lead into gold, I transform this detritus into a story, a setting or a series of relationships. Many of my pieces reference the human/or animal body—with “stand-ins” for the head, the body (or vessel) and feet/legs. My newest work is more sculptural and larger than previous works, while still examining issues that matter to me. Though trained in art, I work in a stream-of-consciousness manner allowing the meaning of each piece to unfold through my manipulation of each disparate part.                                           



Recent Exhibits

Barbara McIntyre participated in these exhibits:

Oct, 2012 Fish 2012
Lightwell Gallery
Sep, 2012 Wanna Play?
Union Street Gallery
Sep, 2012 Honoring Women’s Rights Conference and Art Exhibition: Honoring Women’s Rights: Echoing Visual Voices Together
National Steinbeck Center
Aug, 2012 2012 Califoria Open Exhibition
TAG Gallery
Mar, 2012 27th Annual Made in California Juried Exhibition
City of Brea Art Gallery
Feb, 2011 Be a Saint, Valentine's Day 2011
Sylvia White Gallery
Click here to see all exhibits for Barbara McIntyre
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