Curated Artist Registry

The White Columns Curated Artist Registry is an online catalog of digital images documenting the work of artists who are not affiliated with a commercial gallery in New York City. Each submission is reviewed by our curatorial staff; in order to be considered for the registry, one must submit work digitally via this website.

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Barbara A Landes
Madison WI US
Updated: 2017-01-19 02:19:15


My current works are colorful, gestural sculptures of handmade paper that twist, wrap, bind, drape and hang. Varying in size from intimate to overlife, they are expressive of various human movements and the emotions that give rise to them.

The damp sheets are manipulated into twisting and turning movements that hide much of their imagery. The remaining pattern leaves enough to suggest what the eye does not see and adds animated form that will not sit back quietly but intrudes on the viewers space demanding attention.

The versatility of different plant fibers allows paper elements at once to carry meaning, texture, form and design while being integral to a piece's structure. Cotton casts hold texture and form well. Thick sheets of cotton fold easily, hold a shape and will even stand. Sheets of abaca shrink and bind elements together. The part that dries around the object shows a form fitting smoothness while loose parts dry to a leathery, shriveled jerky.

The combination of materials give the sculptures a feeling of improvisation yet their strong presence appeals for a longer look. Whether entirely of paper or mixed with other materials, I see my works as cobbled-together meditations on regeneration and the fragility of life.

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