Mixed media collage

16" x 20"




Taking a little break from my clay work I have delved into cut and painted paper collage.  While new to this medium I find that many of the skills and habits that I have developed over my career as a ceramic artist come through in this new work.  Most of the time, I have no sense of direction but allow the  materials to direct me.  Amazing things happen when abstractly painted pieces of painted paper come together and begin to form a narrative.  I often find myself falling in love with the brush or pallet knife strokes and  marks that I make on the paper.


My training as a potter and ceramic artist began in 1971 when I attended the Brooklyn Museum Art School.  After more than 25 years as a limited-production potter with accounts coast-to-coast, I started to move beyond the classic designs that I had become known for and explore sculpted tiles.  The tile format is the perfect canvas to receive simple as well as multi-layered designs.  Each new piece that I create is a discovery of new techniques that I can apply to landscapes, animal and botanical studies.  I never know where the clay is taking me, but it is a fascinating ride.

"Alpine Forest" Barbara Bravo


    Emerge Gallery & Art Space

    228A Main Street, Saugerties, NY  (845) 247-7515

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