Karin Barr


Karin Barr

What inspires your art practice?
Currently I am working in cast glass using the lost wax method. The unique qualities of glass as a sculptural medium allow me to bring contrast with colour and the use of light in my pieces. I like working with simple forms, mixing, matching and incorporating material like stone, wood and metal with playful concepts. Most of my works show clear and strong lines and are influenced by the Bauhaus movement and design. My outdoor installation works are often a response to different sites and environmental concerns.

What materials do you work in?
I mainly work in cast glass and incorporate materials like stone, steel, bronze and wood in my works.

Describe your artwork for NZ Sculpture OnShore 2021
Fire was a turning point in the cultural aspect of human evolution. Fire provided a source of warmth, protection and a method for cooking food. Eternal Fire offers a tranquil place for the visitors to gather and rest while strolling through the exhibition. For me childhood memories arise, sitting around an open fire, sizzling sausages after a long hike through the woods. This outdoor installation (made up of cast glass firewood pieces - using the lost wax method) will not generate heat, rather the glass pieces will light up with the help of natural sunlight.

Where are the public most likely to see your artworks outside of NZSOS?
The Frame Workshop and Gallery, Auckland; Zeayou Gallery, Taupo; Form Gallery, Christchurch.

Where did you study?
I qualified and worked as a lab technologist in Germany and learnt glass casting at Artstation in Ponsonby, Auckland.

Sculptures by Karin Barr

NZ Sculpture OnShore Returns 2021

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