Heather Barker fuses painting, poetry, photography and video with psychogeography to make transformative serene constructions that are at once intimidating and soft. The components of her work range from everyday objects to theatrical performance images. These are frequently anchored by visual image, video or polaroid photographs of: sense of self, kitsch object or kitsch place. The works are timeless and conceptual.

In her video, 'Blue Light', Barker captures the rhythm and atmosphere of the poem in the same fluidity as she paints. She performs emotions, personalities and attitudes depending on the site-specific place. It is left up to the viewer to determine what they believe each emotion is. The process of screen printing is shared in the video. This intertwines the process into the outputs, making an internal infinity space. The video plays on a loop, adding to the uneasiness of not being able to leave a place, symbolising the artist's yearning to relocate.

Heather Barker

Blue Spaces

she/her

'Blue Light', 2022; Film still

'Blue Light', 2022; Film still

'The Year of Last Times', 2022;  Poetry and photography book

'The Year of Last Times', 2022; Poetry and photography book

'Heather's Light' and 'Faint Waters', 2022; Poloroids

'Heather's Light' and 'Faint Waters', 2022; Poloroids

'Vogue', 2022; Screenprint and painting

'Vogue', 2022; Screenprint and painting

'An Oblong Figure', 2022; Painting and screenprint

'An Oblong Figure', 2022; Painting and screenprint

Screenprinting as painting process

Screenprinting as painting process

'Blue Light', 2022; Installation view of film

'Blue Light', 2022; Installation view of film

'Two Heads', 2022; Painting and screenprint

'Two Heads', 2022; Painting and screenprint

"Blue Light" (2022) Film

Research

'Vogue', 2022; Installation

'Vogue', 2022; Installation