Bárbara Cartier (b. Argentina, 1981) Based in Panama.
My work is centered in sculpture, and lately exploring the interaction of sculpture and site specific locations. I use different materials and processes to create rock-like elements which I conceive as a new geological history. I am interested in exploring the idea of the Anthropocene and the outcomes of a post industrial dialect. I believe the transformation of matter is a very interesting way of exploring past and present times–in this sense, the rock opens up to a rich symbology related to times. I use traditional techniques like carving and modeling to transform materials like polyurethane, resin, clay, paper, industrial paint among others. The hands-on, craft-based techniques and also the industrial processes co-exist in what I do, demanding a strong physicality. The trial and error is a very fundamental part of my work, allowing me to hand over control and being more experimental. Getting into very interesting dialogues with the viewers, seeking to find similarities or explanations to something they find evocative but still unknown, I get a lot of what are them? What are they made of? And receiving a lot of different interpretations of my pieces like: dinosaur eggs and candy corn. I like how the strange becomes an object of desire, something to be conquered. As a woman artist, I like the strength I get from sculpture, the materials used and the industrial processes involved but still getting this end-result “femininity”. The sculptures become a bodily extension with the space they inhabit, emulating a new source of mineral specimens.
University of Visual Arts / Buenos Aires, Argentina. 2000-2005
Painting & Critic with artist Sergio Bazán / Buenos Aires, Argentina. 2007-2009