Revelation /Apocalypse: Re-looking, Visual Arts Centre, Latrobe University, Bendigo, Victoria
The Apocalypse in art history is presented as a hellish, end of the world scenario but this isn’t all the book of Revelation describes. It describes a magnificent futuristic city - an eternal Utopia, a place of light and unutterable beauty.
My work is not the hot, dramatic, figurative vision of Revelation that many artists who have worked with Revelation have reflected upon, such as Michelangelo [The Last Judgment], Albrecht Dürer [Apocalypse prints] and John Martin [The Great Day of His Wrath].
I have endeavored to explore other ways of visually interpreting this remarkable text. It's worth noting that the alternative name of the last book of the Bible is a word simply meaning the unveiling or revelation (of Jesus Christ) in its original Greek, but in English Apocalypse has acquired a primary definition of terminal catastrophe.
Most of the apocalypse perspectives in history, depicted mainly by male artists, concentrate on powerful dystopic images - I am working with aspects of revelation; of light and regeneration, logics and things which are beyond the end of what we know. My response is a female response to understandings, mechanisms of thinking, making and articulating.
Irene Barberis, 2014
Assistant: Heidi Vanzet
Installation view Light Lines series Painting in Light 1995-2014 ©
Installation View Revelation Apocalypse ReLooking 2014 ©
Revelation Apocalypse RE Looking 2014 I Barberis Installation View ©
Revelation Apocalypse Re-Looking 2014 ©
Installation Revelation Apocalypse Day View 2014 ©
Revelation Text Glow works ©
Tapestry of Light Process Work, Fabricated by The Australian Tapestry Workshop
Textile Glow seriesProcessFabricated for Irene Barberis in Southern India 2014©
Self portrait shadow apocalypse revelation
Light Lines Concentric Reading Wheel series 1990-2014
Light Lines Drawing in Light Series © 1995-2014