Collection Focus: Dorothy Gill Barnes at RAM

Although Dorothy Gill Barnes is usually categorized as a fiber artist, RAM’s collection of her work concentrates on sculptures she has created from trees, especially from their bark and limbs. Barnes is known for developing a distinct working process that includes scarring trees that have been marked for eventual removal and, returning years later after the trees have been cut, harvesting the grown bark as a decoratively scarred skin to use in her baskets.

This 20-page study guide features an essay on the significance of Gill Barnes' work along with color images of some the pieces within RAM's permanent collection.