Barbara Cole +
‘Creating art has changed my life,’ talented Canadian artist Barbara Cole told us in 2019. It ‘has allowed me to open up in ways I didn’t know possible.’
From July 10th to 24th, the Bau-Xi Gallery Toronto is showing Cole’s new work in an exhibit entitled ‘Appearances’.
‘In Appearances,’ we read, ‘Cole attributes her dreamlike photography to “portraits” of anthropomorphized flowers.’ ‘These images ask what it means to possess a form (human or otherwise) and what is considered worthy to be the subject of an artist’s attention. This exploration into transformation, nature, and beauty is marked by Cole’s exquisite use of water as a medium that naturally reshapes form.’
Cole’s work has often centred beautifully on the human form, such as the elaborately gowned women who poetically float up for air in Cole’s Surfacing series. But, in the isolating context of covid, Cole turned to nature. ‘Each flower is given a human name, imbuing them with personalities which, especially during a time of isolation, remind us of personalities we have all been longing to reconnect with.’