Archival inkjet print on rag paper
American, born 1956, lives and works in Houston, TX
“I transform books into art by sculpting them, dyeing them and then through the medium of photography presenting them anew as objects of beauty,” says Barer, who uses curling irons and water to manipulate outdated, abandoned and obsolete books before immortalizing with her camera. “With the discarded books that I have acquired, I am attempting to blur the line between objects, sculpture, and photography....The way we choose to research and find information is also in an evolution. I hope to raise questions about these changes, the ephemeral and fragile nature in which we now obtain knowledge, and the future of books.”
Barer’s work has appeared in New York Magazine and Photonews and is featured on the cover of Art Made From Books: Altered, Sculpted, Carved, Transformed. Her photographs can be found in collections such as the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Twitter, and the United States State Department and have been exhibited across North America and Australia.
Apr 4 - Jun 13, 2014