Untitled

Untitled

 The River

The River

 Ms. ReFarm

Ms. ReFarm

 Recycled

Recycled

Barbara Smith Gioia
Mixed Media Paintings 2017

The paintings on exhibit represent Barbara Smith Gioia’s continuing exploration of
space relations among shifting planes and interactions between line, color and
shape. Working within the modern tradition of nonobjective abstraction, Smith
Gioia enjoys a certain freedom from literal associations. As is, the viewer is invited
to enter into each work without preconceived notions of how to experience the
painting.
The works incorporate collage made from painted abstractions on paper,
monotype prints, silkscreen prints, charcoal and ink. Through the juxtaposition of
disparate elements that push, pull and direct the eye, each work falls together into
a cohesive whole offering the viewer an alluring entry for navigation as the works
continue to reveal themselves over time. The artist’s hand, evident in each
painting, provides another perspective in which to approach the work.
Improvisation plays a big part in her process as change is part and parcel to all of
her paintings. The works can be colorfully vibrant yet rich in surface texture. The
tension between discord and harmony is what ignites this work for the viewer and
her paintings sing with the play of these dynamics.
At their essence one could say that the works explore states of perception and
being. Each painting is a reflection of and journey through life in a moment, day,
years.