“Or you can use the title as an entry to the work," she says. “A title of a work is a key, but I think it is also more than that: it is also my dowry to the viewer. The title of a work also opens up the love I feel for a work to the viewer."
"...Barry shares something of the itinerancy of Le Guin’s palaeolithic gatherer, whose orientation in the world depends on routes rather than “roots”, transitions from place to place rather than returns to a fixed point. Without any permanent studio, Barry produced this new body of work in the homes of friends in different parts of South Africa, developing a sense of place in the works, or perhaps a desire for place, through her own shifting experience."
"...Relinquishing control in such an extremely deliberate way is a provocative move. For all the complications and contradictions of the term in a contemporary context, Barry considers herself a feminist. What this represents for her is a resistance to dominant systems of oppression and control engendered by social hierarchy and, in particular, the subtle ways in which these systems are used to demean people. She runs against the prioritisation of rational modes of thought and decision-making and is guided by emotion, empathy and intuition in her work and life."
"...Moving to the Werf, in front of the Manor House, you’ll find Night Crumple by Hedwig Barry. Made out of crumpled sheets of aluminium, the piece is painted with a mix of car paint and phosphorescent powder which absorbs light in the day and begins to glow as it gets darker.
As dusk settles in, the piece’s true form becomes more visible, highlighting detail and textures that went unnoticed in the daylight.
“This emerging more fully at night is a gentle reversal of the expectation of opacity, invisibility and blindness in darkness,” Pather says, as the piece takes on a second life after the sun goes down."
Vryheid in Frommelkuns Johan Myburg, Taalgenoot, Herfs 2022 pp 9-13 https://indd.adobe.com/view/eea6cfb7-9d79-4687-9608-5a33ac44161b?fbclid=IwAR0ahVMALNiiO-SMip6hnryTJcQZ-43TS4Dx0OjEjnb43qabafMG3RZtGso