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Mixed-media artist comes to Tin Shop

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Clay and paint are both sensual mediums, ones that inspire Rebecca Barfoot’s ceramics and mixed-media pieces.

“I can lose myself there, that place where everything else stops,” she writes on her website. “I am driven to create because maybe it is the closest I get to being truly present, not hounded by the past or harried by the future.”

Though Barfoot’s focus is on the present, she blends old images with new.

“A lot of my work relates to memory and nostalgia – but relating that to contemporary culture,” she said Friday in a phone interview.

Her paintings, richly layered with images and text, might merge depictions of old buildings with contemporary pictures of topless women.

“Rebecca’s work is intriguing,” said Jenn Cram, Arts District coordinator. “Her rustic forms with image transfers lend themselves to a deeper meaning than just an average vessel or container. Rebecca is also very versatile working in other mediums such as painting with image transfers that gives her work greater depth.”

Barfoot is a self-taught artist, who started throwing clay in high school. These days, she’s playing around with printing and image-making on porcelain. In fact, this year she earned a fellowship to create such pieces in Denmark for three months. Through the medium, she tells stories visually.

For example, images and words on her handmade bottles contain questions and thoughts about her journey at mid-life. She might explore the potential for both danger and comfort in family, or look into the theme of wanting, waiting, seeking or finding.

“Is this not universal?” she asks.

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