Artist Statement - Barbara McGivern
Through her art, artist McGivern aims to create an explosion of energy, to generate an electric shock to the senses. Experiencing one of her paintings is to awaken the uninhibited child-like freedom that is within us all, a freedom that before now, has been lying dormant.
Navigating the fine line between a world that is the familiar and recognizable and one that is brighter and more beautiful, McGivern takes her viewers through an emotional journey that is uplifting and energizing. Viewers are encouraged to explore each piece through their individual experiences and unique eyes, to create their own narrative.
Guided by McGivern, viewers are reminded that when the pillars of modern daily life are minimized, a world of wonder, dreams and magic still exists.
Communication takes place beyond the obvious and space is experienced, not passing us by as time would want us to believe. When we realize this, we are left with an uncanny affinity to what was at first a totally alien environment. The space between the painter, the painting and the viewer is now diminished by the harmony of the image, allowing the viewer to make the experience completely their own.
Feature: Homage to a Fisherman (Manet) Barnes Series by Barbara McGivern