"Feminist art focuses on people as wholes; the human is made up of body and emotion as well as mind and spirit." Marilyn French
I understand and experience art making to be a co-relational and performative ritual act. My art and inquiry projects to date have focused on socially-engaged art as public pedagogy, collaboration, and restorative and transformative learning. I have a particular interest in the problematics of representation of the human body in art and how embodied relationships with others, the environment and our selves, are represented, performed and understood in society. In many of these projects, I have worked with artists from diverse disciplines (i.e. dance, theatre, visual arts, creative writing, music), and with community members from ages 3 to 78.
The past, present and future of my artworkings are devoted to understanding art and writing as an embodiment of sharable co-encounter events that hold possibilities for individual, cultural and environmental re-attunement, critical inquiry and transformation.
Barbara Bickel 2016
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