Barbara Roux, Snow Bird, 2014, Digital print of Roux's site sculpture, 13 x 19"

BARBARA ROUX

Artist Statement 
As an artist I deal with ideas about natural history, habitat loss and preservation through works that are layered and have narrative and formal concerns. My work grows out of my personal involvement and respect for natural landscapes and stems from my actions to protect these wild places. My father was a pharmacologist who worked with plants and animals in the Brazilian Amazon on Yellow Fever research. His passion and respect for wild areas inspired me to become seriously connected with the natural world and volunteer in the field with botanists before going to college. Like the American Hudson River School artists I see and have a focus on the transcendental and beautiful in nature. Yet as a contemporary artist I reflect on how destruction of fragile areas causes negative change within these environments that fosters problems for humans as well. My art reflects on how all wildlife is in a search for survival, even invasives in the forest act as a metaphor for human struggle.

In my landscape-based color photographs, sculptural constructs, and short narratives my engagement with a specific habitat comes through in a layering of experience. In a subtle and respectful way my work addresses the connection that exists in the way wild habitats survive and change and the way human communities work. My process of creating a work is a ritual in itself that takes energy from a site and gives energy back. I deal in my own mythologies of a place and its history. I research and document a site and witness or create a transient event at that wilderness place. I engage its plants through my careful intervention that transforms a habitat niche in a temporary way using site elements and my symbolic glass houses to create sculptural works. Then I take site photographs of the project to document the event. My site works are transient and my gallery installations document that event and present sculptural elements from my involvement and experience with that habitat niche.

I do not believe that our human society has done enough to understand the idea of respecting the natural environment on its own terms and then working toward protection and integration of these wild places with our own systems. As a feminist artist I make a personal and minimal mark on the land that is nothing like the ravaging Earth Art of the 1960’s. My work is meant for viewers to feel an engagement with wild habitats. Through respect preservation may follow.


www.barbararoux.com

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Past Solo Exhibitions: 
Happenstance, 2015
A Stand of Trees, 1994