Artist Statement 2013
Barbara Greene Mann
If Art defines a cultural era, it can be said that Ms. Greene Mann has found the next bra size for tomorrow’s world. Reconstructing world events she develops a cache of her own, providing creative solutions to a world racked with cruelty, and human suffering. She transforms our planet with a sardonic twist.
She received her Master of Fine Arts from Wayne State University in Detroit during the turbulent times of the late 60”s. Her works address the same issues once again, but now it’s 2012. I now use "elevated resistance, "it's an ongoing battle, but someone has to do it," she says paintbrush in hand. Humour and imagination offset the harshness of this captured existence.
Harmony and peace seek a rebirth. Subconscious thoughts, dreams and unseen possibilities are transformed into new attainable achievements. Flowing from my subconscious mind, directed by my Muse, these are my solutions and worlds I create. In my work, I strive for universal, peaceful co-existence. What better images could I hope to have to invite peace into the world?
The picture plan creates a non- linear timeline in a non-predictable manner. When I complete a work I’m amazed and delighted to discover how the elements of form, line, composition, and color, are now something magical and new.
Little scenes and worlds fight for distinction and call to the viewers to understand the pain, the joy and the story that lie within a small capsule of space. A jokester lies within. Taking a risk and secure to contend a world view incongruent with his own he delights in a new world vision, an Alice in Wonderland transformation.
My favourite painting tools are watercolours placed on the lids and bottoms of cookie containers. This makes them portable and my left over colors remain on the palette from one session to the next, creating a wide range of tonal values and pre-mixed colors. I like to paint to the edges, covering most of the page, but I also love the whiteness of the paper, letting it shine through. From my point of view, and adding to my delight, “waste not and take every opportunity available “are commendable expenditures.
I was trained as a print maker by a master printmaker and learned how to avoid mistakes as they are not easily removed. This developed my sense of placement and flow from area to area. Perspective is acknowledged but then manipulated. I’m inspired by trompe-l’oeil painting, something that is but isn’t. It inspires and titillates my impishness.
My subject matter comes from anywhere, from biographical memories to world concerns. I believe the artist has a commitment to speak of the world and to it. So please enter and explore the world through my eyes.
CV 2012, Barbara Greene Mann
Barbara attended Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan receiving a Master and a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts, with a major in Printmaking. She exhibited in Detroit prior to her move to Toronto in 1994.
Sculpture Exhibit, Workman Arts \, Toronto, 2013
Ellen Kayrod GallerySolo Exhibition, Detroit, 2012-2013
Hersterics, A.I.R. Gallery, New York, 2012
Fashion Design , Art Gallery of Toronto, Showcase Gallery, Toronto 2012
The Waiting Game,Exhibition at Propeller, Toronto, 2012