Cara Barer

i. I work as an artist.

ii. I do this creative work because I’ve always made art since I was a child and I can’t imagine doing anything else.

iii. Personal qualities that help me in my work are.. perseverance.

iv. The greatest challenges around doing this work are…setting aside the quiet/alone time that I need to think.

v. Creative childhood hobbies:
Playing piano and clarinet. Water color, drawing, and ceramics. Photography in my teenage years.

vi. Other creators who inspire me:
Robert Rauschenberg, Sigmar Polke, James Welling, Daido Moriama, Yayoi Kusama, Agnes Martin, Haruki Murakami, and David Foster Wallace.

vii. Training that has helped me succeed in this career:
I attended the Art Institute here in Houston, however most of what I’ve needed to know to do what I do now I have taught myself.

viii. The biggest myth about this type of work is that it is easy.

ix.  If you want to work in my field, I suggest that you finish college and have a backup plan.

x. A professional goal I have for the future:
Keep showing up and doing the work.

xi. If you want to see my work, go to or my website

Cara Barer’s Letters and Landscapes show runs at the Toronto Bau-Xi Gallery from September 9th to the 23rd.

* Images courtesy of Cara Barer. These pieces are from Barer’s new series: Letters and Landscapes. Artwork titles, in order, from Header down are:

  1. Literati
  2. Baroque
  3. Beijing
  4. Namaste
  5. Kashmir
  6. Perpetual

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