Please visit me during the Art-A-Whirl Friday, May 18th – 5:00-10:00 p.m., Saturday, May 19th – Noon-8:00 p.m. AND on Sunday, May 20th – Noon-5:00 p.m bring a memory object of your own and make art with me. All ages. $10.00.
Reflecting Pool (10′ T x 6′ W x 9′ D) is an installation on my property at 2323 Monroe St NE -the Minneapolis Northeast Arts District. It was created as a monument to recovery of true consciousness through self-exploration. Flowing mosaic tile and intricate ceramic decoration within the grotto provide an experience both peaceful and complex by the juxtaposition of repetitive patterns and assemblage compilation. The technique is “precious” as the viewer sits in the pool, the tile lines draw the eyes from object to object, encouraging transient contemplation- noticing the various ideas without extended rumination, as is encouraged by Zen meditation. A meditation on the subject of acceptance and flexibility is installed on the back surface to aid in the experiencer’s self-discovery. The outside shell of the grotto will explore the more organic images and materials used to create spiritual edifices from all spiritual world views.
Barbara Rogers Bridges has been an artist and a teacher/college professor for over 40 years. Her social practice sculptures have been exhibited in Maine, Miami, the Virgin Islands, Maryland, Chicago, Mexico, Spain, Canada, and throughout Minnesota. Bridges taught K-12 art in Minnesota, Maine, and the Virgin Islands. She was voted Art Teacher of the Year twice in Minnesota.
Barbara creates social practice art from fabricated components in a variety of media and rescued “power objects”. She manipulates the objects to create meaning and provoke discussions and reflection on a wide variety of social topics including agricultural practices (Ode to Gluten), living a considered life (Talking Chairs and Academia Nuts), water quality (Found In Our Water), recovery (Reflection Pool) and Feminism (Three Waves, Wonder Woman and La Mujer). See bridgescreate.com. She is a sculptor on a mission to demonstrate how art can serve as a catalyst for social change and is committed to creating, and empowering others to create, high quality art objects which honor their powerful message.
Barbara is also the Founder of the non-profit Art To Change The World https://www.arttochangetheworld.org/
The mission of ACW is to build a supportive community of voices who aspire to encourage change through positive knowledge, collaboration, and sometimes humor. We seek artists, scientists, educators, change makers and all supporters to meet at the intersection of art and natural and social sciences.