Barbara Bickel


"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 of all ages.


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, healing and transformation.  

Barbara Bickel 2018                                            


Upcoming Exhibition and Workshops

Going Dutch Festival
Side Street Studio Arts
Elgin Illinois
Festival: May 25 - 27, 2018
Exhibition: May 4 - 27, 2018

Trance-based Inquiry Workshop, May 26, 12 - 1:30pm

Nap-In, May 27, 12-1:30pm

Response to Florence Henry (Paris Studio Study with NanĂ© Jordan). Digital diptych photo. May 2015.


  On-Going Artworkings



   A community-engaged art project 

   with the Gestare Art Collective 2011-

  Nomadic Inquiry Blog

   Explorations of art, place and relationality  2015-

   Parallel Recordings

   with R. Michael Fisher

   Ma Poses

   with the Gestare Art Collective 2015-


   with the Gestare Art Collective 2009-

  Studio M*

  with R. Michael Fisher


                                                                                            Metramorphosis Book
                                                                                              Ongoing since 2011

   Skin of the Earth - in progress 

  Oracular Re-Encounters 

Arts-Based Residencies/Labs 2013- 

Gestare Art Collective 2010-     

              Ancestral Journeys


          Oracular Co-Encounter

Womb Walks

Wit(h)nessing Eyes Close(d)


              Tracing Absence
            Sounding Presence


                     PhD Art

                      MA Art

                     Early Art

   Student's Art 2010- 

Copyright Barbara Bickel 2018