In this beautiful location my new series 'Behind the Seen' is presented. the girls in these artworks are presented in exaggerated costume to provoke commentary on the hyperreal tropes of femininity. Her titular series is an appropriation of the theatrical idiom, ‘behind the scene’. For the artist, this references to what is behind the mere visible and behind the façade. Employing both Pop and contemporary elements, she uses embellishments of puffed sleeves, large collars and crinoline dresses to emphasise the enduring power of female canons. Her portrait compositions take from Old Master paintings, and the enchanting dichotomy that she creates is provocatively realised within a dreamy, playful atmosphere. As a mother to two daughters, childhood has become a leitmotif in her body of work. She has become inspired by their worlds of imagination, how an unabashed curiosity implores a fascinating path towards awareness through innocent bliss. It is this transition from pure naivety to experience that fascinates Van den Berg.
Barbara van den Berg
Barbara van den Berg is an eclectic artist with a comprehensive practise that encompasses painting, digital collage, photography, charcoal, typography and stop-motion production. Exploring a multitude of different media, Van den Berg has a distinctive knowledge of how best to manifest her artistic visions. Her diverse experiments in the language of expression is an underpinning feature throughout her oeuvre. As a child she lived in an almost perpetual state of observation, constantly fixated by human behaviour. Her sensitivity to how we relate and interrelate has instilled a uniquely humanistic approach to making art. My art is about making contact. Van den Berg’s visionary message is revealed upon introspective examination. Characterised by a contemporary, pop-whimsical aesthetic, her art carries a conceptual message that remains sharp in its critique. Her works foster a dialogue amongst ourselves, delving into the measures of connectedness. Her artworks encourage a cathartic exploration of oneself and one’s relation to and with society. What stands out? How do you show your feelings? How do you communicate them?
Barbara van den Berg Hazelaarstraat 30 1032 CE Amsterdam Nederland Tel: 31624132841