Mary Barr Rhodes
Rhodes’ liminal work is at the intersection of art, science, and spirituality. Colorful as the rainbow and sparkling with light, Rhodes’ paintings fascinate viewers on a primordial level.
A viewer first notices the beauty of the refracted light. Rhodes explores the many colors and the degrees of brightness of the glass refractions. Rhodes removes any sort of narrative from the work so that the light energy connects with the viewer directly. There is no denying the sheer beauty of the work.
Rhodes’ explores the work as a scientist. Light when split into different bands of color plays on the eye and the brain viscerally. Light resonance is created by juxtaposing different pieces of glass which create small pockets of energy. She mindfully places glass shards as if working a puzzle. Foils, films, and layers of epoxy resin further increase the light energy. Each painting is an experiment in the diversity of the electromagnetic spectrum.
Each artwork holds a specific luminous energy. She uses light resonance to rebalance and restore energy. Viewers respond, not only to their light energy but to their tactile quality as well. They want to reach out and touch the work, yearning to connect with the earth. Rhodes work connotes the quantum energy of the unified field. Her process is a spiritual practice.
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