PROJECTS This PROJECTS Page Name: twelve.htm is under development to present Barbara Rosenthal's work by "Project.". Comprising each Project are the art and artifacts that accumlated under each concept as it evolved and developed over time, from its initial inspiration through each of its iterations as physical / electronic artwork(s), and through presentation and interaction with the public as it was exhibited, including posters, press releases and documentation as well as the public reaction, including reviews.
The most notable features of this artist's work, are her existential content, produced in lean and sparing terms of controlled, surreal iconography and reference; and her "re-visitation" of previous works, in a continued, committed involvement in and refinement of single and combination works as they evolve over time. Almost all of her Projects are produced by accretion, and by saving and repurposing seemingly unrelated scraps of real life and experience, which then turn into art (or, as she says, "churn into art") to be then again reused, and for another purpose yet again join with newer and more newly born ideas and images. Individual components are often found together; from different times and media, they meet in technological-time-and-thinking-forward. One of the most definitive articles about Rosenthal's methodology is "Barbara Rosenthal: Hoarder of Life to Yield Art," by Cassandra Rijs, who interviewed Rosenthal in Melbourne, Australia, in 2013. In many projects, that practice has persisted over the course of 50 years, or, as in the case of her Journals, almost 60.
It is also worth noting, that every project and portion thereof struggle with the concept of existential, universal identity, and engage viewer with artist through the artworks as spiritual media incarnate.
SURREAL PHOTOGRAPHY and WRITING
PROVOCATION CARDS and BUTTON PINS
MASKS and SELF-PORTRAITS
TOYS, GAMES, JOKES, CARTOONS
DISTORTIONS and STABILITY
TIME AND SPACE
TRUTH, SECRETS AND LIES
WISH FOR AMNESIA
COLLECTIONS / "THE OBJECT LESSONS"
DOLLS AND PUPPETS
Each Project Page link is undergoing continual development, so please revisit them periodically.
Elements / images from these projects are presently also on this website within the media categories of their rollover buttons above. All Projects comprise many compenents and elements in different media and genres that overlap. As this artist has continually eluded categorization, this series of Project pages is another way (besides subject matter or genre or physical media itself, which) the eMediaLoft studio