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About the Artist
Yolande Barker's paintings propose fertility symbols (icons) for a world where making babies has become a science. Using tribal/primitive influence, these works on paper and canvas explore the family of the future.
"Barker presents nine potent works in the hall gallery. She has resurrected ancient deities, stripped them of their old magic and endowed them with new power to create modern icons for medically enhanced fertility and science assisted reproduction. As the Science vs Nature debate about procreation rages, Baker enters the realms of past idols, icons and totems to bring their mysteries into the present. For all its clinical approach and the wealth of information available on IVF, there's still something magical about procreation. Barker has tapped this sense of awe.
oil on canvas images of fertility deities are strong in colour,
balanced in pattern, mysterious in imagery and supporting sufficient
symbolic content as to invite the lighting of candles or bringing of
offerings. Barker's attention to the surface treatment of her work
is highly rewarding, one feels she understands the properties of her
medium and that the act of painting should be accompanied by
rhythmic chanting at the very least. The standing figures with large
stylized heads, depict body parts, both inside and out, as abstract
motifs. The x-ray design and huge eyes evoke ideas of Aboriginal
totems and Wandjina figures. Two exceptions are The Incubator and
Pregnancy were the figures have smaller, more human faces. I
particularly like the latter as thin arms rest on a circular womb
containing a foetus, the typical posture of a woman in her 9th
month. Then we notice the 'woman' has male genitals suggesting
either this is a pregnant man, or the conception took place in the
traditional manner with masculine assistance. Science or Nature?"