There is a constant order to heavenly bodies, and all bodies in the Universe abide by specific motions. Interpretations of the power and movements of these forms comprise a painting vocabulary that artists strive to convey. For each individual work or part of a series in the current exhibition, the state of deconstruction and reconstruction shapes various forces within the More immediate space: internal, external, being, non-being, and in varying weights. All of the tangible and intangible elements in the arena quietly undergo subtle transformation. Each fleeting moment in the artist’s oil painting becomes an eternity in these landscapes of stillness within motion, and motion within stillness.
As the body encounters the canvas in artist Beverly Barkat’s creative process, nature’s rhythms seem to respond to past life experiences. Each lingering, turning, or accumulating line and brushstroke evokes indelible time and a sense of movement that is conjured by traces, pulses, and speed. The readability of illusionary and realistic forms on the canvas are thus amplified. By generating spatial transformation, the conflict and compromise between color blocks, fragments, and surfaces construct a visual scene of unformed forms that have been partially abstracted from earlier figurative paintings. The harmonious existence between objects represents the artist’s hopeful metaphor in the personal psyche and for societal conditions. The power and consensus of a collective is often the best method for achieving progress; hence, all existence is born of space.
In addition to oil colors, the mixed media works on paper also express a qualitative dynamism of flow. Influenced by Japanese calligraphy, the momentum of grand movements enables ink to flow freely within blank spaces. Forceful progressions dissipate like watermarks in midair, while a trace of fractured emptiness is unveiled within unparalleled freedom thus tacitly establishing a nonexistent existence. Whether in her selection of media for installation works, or in her explorations on the topic of the tribes of Israel, there is a posture in Beverly Barkat’s work that re-interrogates the self by internalizing nourishments from the past. These various accumulations enable her to adeptly define a personal artistic context. The unexpected use of colors is always a much-anticipated expressive element in her work. Soft light permeates the accumulation of pigments, unfurling slowly with the gentle calmness of a mesmerizing poem.
Each encompassing all; and all is contained within one. The essence of connection between nature and matter cannot be easily discerned, but Beverly Barkat interprets a certain incomplete and ongoing condition within the microcosm. Perhaps creativity is epitomized by locating the self within, in order to perceive each present moment.Less