Jennifer Nicole Barber

In the artist's words: "At sixteen, I found a place at Distinction Gallery where I became involved with a program which offered teens a space to create, by supplying materials and mentorship. After having been able to participate in group shows over the last ten years, this year I was invited to have my first solo.

While most of my work has been created with ink, colored pencil and occasionally acrylic, I decided to challenge myself and explore a new medium. With the help and guidance of a few friends, I explored oils for the first time.

This body of work comes from finding the balance between dreams and nightmares; depression, isolation, emptiness, fear, warmth, comfort, and confidence. I found solace and inspiration during solo trips to the desert and daily walks through my neighborhoods; Never before had I spent so much time in isolation and solitude throughout quarantine and three moves. While achieving a healthy balance between my full time day job, painting, and my mental health has been very difficult for me, it has become an incredible learning experience.

A vessel is a hollow container, whether full or empty, does not matter.

Isn't it about finding a space to be content with feeling both."


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