|Hartmann's Paris Catacombs |
(with Hartmann as one of the
gentlemen being given a tour)
Never having been to the catacombs, Barbara searched for some kind of parallel from her own life to draw on when creating her work. Her son lives in New York City, and she visited him not too long ago. She had to take the subway while there, an experience that was a bit daunting for this small town girl from Northern Illinois. Little did she know that her time underground would provide later creative inspiration.
|Abandoned City Hall subway station|
|An early version of|
Albin's Sacred Subway
Barbara realized that what was missing from her painting was the sense of hope she felt when she listened to Mussorgsky's music. She thought back to her Catholic upbringing and churches filled with icons laden with gold. From there she went back to the abandoned subways, which felt sacred to her in some way.
If you like Sacred Subway, there are lots of ways to see more of Barbara's work. You can go to her website. You can stop in to our local artists' co-op, Sea Grape Gallery. (Several of the other artists participating in Symphony at an Exhibition also show at Sea Grape.) Or--my personal favorite--you can go visit the Four Artists show in the Goff Gallery at the Visual Arts Center through the end of the month. Don't forget to bring your checkbook!