The influence of the changing seasons on humankind has been an inspiration for artists, poets and musicians for thousands of years. We can go all the way back to the Book of Ecclesiastes to find references to life’s cyclical nature:
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
If those words sounds familiar, it’s because they were popularized by the Byrds in 1965 in the flower-power infused melody Turn, Turn, Turn, a song originally written by Pete Seeger in the late 1950s.
Fast forward to today and contemporary, abstract artist Liz Barber finds herself moved by nature’s transitions. In a recent correspondence with Barber asking her about the impetus behind three new paintings we added to the gallery, she had this to say:
“My newest paintings reflect the changing of seasons and nature as influences. I am captivated by organic shapes, perfect in their form. Elements in nature are transforming all around us. This is where I draw inspiration. I look to capture the season’s transformation, the drama and experiences that take one’s breath away are the result of nature moving in a cycle. To cross from familiar to unfamiliar to new beginnings, my paintings are the passage from one state to another. Moments are captured from the past and are as fragile and changing as nature itself. Combining memories and nature provide a decadent ballet of movement and transformation.”
When you look at these three new pieces, Barber’s description immediately comes to life. They each perfectly embody and evoke the seasons they represent.
See these pieces and more of Barber’s work on her gallery page.