Lisa Marie Barber

2014 RAM Artist Fellowship Winner

Artist Statement

In the majority of my creative work, I aim to create small worlds that project positive interpretations of the human condition. My main artistic influences are Mexican folk art and altars rooted in my Mexican-American heritage, Bay Area Figurative Abstraction, and urban landscape. The work is intended to be both celebratory and sober, using accumulation as a way to imply richness, value, and process. All pieces are meant to self-consciously record the presence of being hand-made with minimal, simple tools; I believe this defines and embodies the base “human” spirit I wish to project.

I strive to have my work consist of several layers—physically and conceptually—to describe life as positive, elusive, and rich with sentiment and possibility. Many of my compositions are ceramic installations. Here objects are densely arranged as if around an improvised, decorated shrine. Enveloped by these collections of objects, the life-size figures suggest the human condition.

Some pieces are simply combinations of my favorite elements: Figures, flowers, cars, planes, buildings, and expressive mark making. Other pieces hint at general or personal narratives. Within these, themes of celebration, loneliness, freedom, and fantasy are the foundation. In all, process is dominant. Boundaries are self-imposed and accumulation is validated as decoration—a way to beautify surroundings uninvolved with the pristine.

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Conversation in the Studio
Lisa Marie Barber and RAM's Curator of Exhibitions Lena Vigna

Lisa Marie Barber
Wish, 2013
Ceramic
54 x 52 x 80 inches
Photography Courtesy of the Artist
Lisa Marie Barber
Three Houses, 2008
Ceramic
72 x 70 x 76 inches
Photography Courtesy of the Artist
Lisa Marie Barber
Flyers, 2006
Ceramic
55 x 83 x 90 inches
Photography Courtesy of the Artist
Lisa Marie Barber
Three Hearts, 2007
Ceramic
65 x 99 x 113 inches
Photography Courtesy of the Artist
Lisa Marie Barber
Heart Shaped World, 2004
Ceramic
108 x 158 x 200 inches
Photography Courtesy of the Artist
Lisa Marie Barber
Pink Hearts-Peach Buildings, 2011
Ceramic
75 x 124 x 104 inches
Photography Courtesy of the Artist