Barbara Chalk is a visual artist, illustrator and designer based in Adelaide. Born in Zimbabwe she now resides in Adelaide working from her studio in the Adelaide Hills.
She creates meticulously beautiful drawings which, upon closer inspection, reveal thought provoking social issues.
Barbara works in a variety of mediums; from pen and ink, graphite and coloured pencil, charcoal, ballpoint pen, oils and acrylic, to digital and assemblage art.
In most of her work Barbara portrays aspects of the human psyche using allegory and symbolism to create visual narrative.
HEROES, HEROINES AND HARES – Works on Paper.
In this suite of drawings – Heroes, Heroines and Hares – I have juxtaposed the seriousness of this topic with the absurdity of replacing horses with hares. I have used the hare in previous bodies of works also with the intention of giving insight and dialogue to topics that might otherwise be overlooked. In this series the hare represents the hero that exists in all of us to pursue those things that we are passionate about.
I intend that the viewer will “unsee” the hare replacing the horse and instead focus on the character on the hare and the mark each has made on the pages of history.
I like to evoke a sense of eccentricity in my work in the hopes of normalising it as well as introducing a sense of humour to more serious issues.