MSAC Individual Artist Award (IAA)2016
Artist StatementMy drawings and paintings are personal and iconic, with imagery that is both surreal and expressionist. I paint to give voice to my deepest feelings about nature and the life around me. I am interested in the spontaneous play of light and color and my need to absorb and transform what I see and feel. When I observe something that is often quite mundane, I first make a point to become familiar with it and then let myself begin to see it in a new way. I want to create something original, to turn things I see in the visible world into fantastic versions of themselves.
Carol Barsha is an artist whose primary media are paint, ink, pastel, and charcoal. She applies these media in spontaneous, gestural strokes as well as in smooth layers. Her symbolic, often surreal drawings and paintings on paper are influenced by observations from nature as well as imagined phenomena. The basic elements of the world; water, air, earth and fire, as well as a curiosity about the human condition, pervade her work.
Ms. Barsha has lectured and taught at schools and universities in Boston, New York and the Baltimore-Washington area. She earned a BFA and an MFA in Painting from Boston University where she studied with Philip Guston.
She has exhibited at numerous galleries on the East Coast including solo shows at the Art Institute of Boston, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Piermont Flywheel Gallery and The Pelham Art Center in New York, as well as at Gallery K in Washington D.C. and Gallery Neptune in Bethesda, MD. She has also exhibited internationally through the Arts in Embassies Program sponsored by the State Department. Her work is represented in the Arts Advisory of the Smith Center for Healing in the Arts in Washington DC. and has been favorably reviewed and recognized by The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, Where/Washington, Articulate and in publications of The Bronx Museum of the Arts, The Westchester Arts Council and The National Jewish Museum. Her work has also been featured on various television venues.
During the summer of 2010, she was awarded a residency at Soaring Gardens Artist Retreat in Pennsylvania. One of her drawings has recently become part of the permanent collection of the Federal Reserve Board in Washington D.C. Ms. Barsha's work is in private collections all over the world.